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Nazerke Aibarread bio
Nazerke Aibar is from Almaty, Kazakhstan. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance from KIMEP University, where she studied with the support of U.S.-CAEF Scholarship from American Councils for International Education. During her studies she had the opportunity to explore 3 continents by studying in Asia, Europe and America. Nazerke learnt Corporate Finance at the University of Zagreb through the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. Afterwards, she had the fortune to work as a venture capital analyst in Washington D.C. through the American Council's Capstone Internship Program. Her interest in China began when she started learning Chinese, and was nurtured by attending summer school in Xinjiang University and having academic mobility at Hong Kong Baptist University. Currently she is working at PwC in the Advisory Department, with primary responsibilities of conducting Due Diligence and Strategy Consulting. At Yenching Academy Nazerke intends to focus in Economics and Management with further plans to apply the knowledge she has gained to benefit bilateral Sino-Kazakh relations. Her research topic is on the One Belt One Road initiative, its influence and implications on Kazakhstan and rest of the world. Nazerke’s ultimate goal is to make a positive impact on the development of economy of her motherland - Kazakhstan.
Ravish Bhatiaread bio
Ravish Bhatia is a citizen of India and presently lives in New Delhi. He graduated as an Electronics engineer from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi upon which he worked as part of the Business Technology and Business Consulting teams at the management consulting firm, ZS Associates. Presently, he is working as a policy and strategy consultant for Members of Indian Parliament. He has worked extensively on building development strategies for villages located close to the Indo-China border and is passionate about using data science and technology for international development. He founded and presently leads the National Youth Advisory Panel, PLAN International (India Chapter), a 200-member youth body promoting children's rights in India. As a student he served as the President of the Dance and Debating clubs in his university. He enjoys reading, playing football and dancing.
Melike Bilginread bio
Melike Bilgin is currently studying towards a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University (İstanbul, Turkey). She has been an active member and current co-president of the Center for European Studies Student Forum at the university. In 2015 she was granted the Erasmus scholarship to study Political Science at Helsinki University (Helsinki, Finland). In the following year, she received a travel grant to visit Yerevan, to carry out research on Syrian Armenians. During her final year at university, she started taking Chinese language courses. She became one of the founding members of the Chinese Culture and Language Club (Buzhong) which is funded by the Confucius Institute at Boğaziçi University, where she is taking a Chinese language course. At the Yenching Academy, Melike wants to concentrate in Politics and International Relations, while focusing on China’s foreign policy evolution and its present implementation. Her other goals at the academy are to improve her Chinese and increase her knowledge about Chinese civilization and history. In the future, she would like to contribute to the development of relations between Turkey and China while continuing her academic career. She is looking forward to exploring various aspects of China, including current issues in Chinese political life and foreign policy.
Van Cao Mairead bio
Van comes from Hanoi, Vietnam and received her Bachelor’s in Investment Economics at National Economics University. She worked at the Investment Promotion Division- Ministry of Planning and Investment as an intern. This experience helped her to gain insights into economic and trade ties between Vietnam and neighboring countries, including China. During her undergraduate career, Van joined exchange programs in Hong Kong and India, which inspired her to study soft power and cultural diplomacy. Her interest continues to prosper at Yenching Academy as she has the opportunity to learn more about China’s cultural diplomacy and aims to conduct research on how to bring traditional culture closer to the ever-changing world, not just for cultural preservation but also for the easing of conflict. Moreover, with a focus in Literature and Culture, Van looks forward to receiving a systematic Redology study, discussing dream and reality factors constituting The Dream of Red Chamber.
Cao Luread bio
Cao Lu comes from Jiangsu, China. She studied Journalism at Renmin University of China, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Literature. She achieved an excellent academic record and was selected to exchange to National Chengchi University at Taiwan for one semester. She served as the Vice Editor-in-Chief of the Youth RUC - the largest and most professional press in RUC. She also devoted herself to social activities. She has previously interned at Xinhua News Agency, Southern Weekly, Bytedance (Toutiao) and GGV Capital. At the Yenching Academy, Cao Lu concentrates in Economics and Management, hoping to deepen her understanding of media economics.
Cao Mengyaoread bio
Cao Mengyao grew up in Shandong province, China. She majored in Business English and minored in Accounting at the University of International Business and Economics. During her undergraduate period, she showed a great passion for volunteer service. She launched a projec to provide solutions for “the last mile distribution”. She has also volunteered in Jiangxi Province teaching young children English and Chinese classics, further analyzing the practical significance of Confucianism. As a sophomore, she exchanged at the University of Hong Kong on a full-scholarship, where she discovered her interest in the effect of economics on social issues, especially in the field of education. In campus life, she served as Monitor of the School of International Studies and Chairman of Siemens Student Circle. As a Yenching Scholar, Mengyao concentrates in Economics and Management, focusing on the research about entrepreneurship and its impact on the society.
Cao Mingyaoread bio
Cao Mingyao studies accounting and statistics in Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. As a business school student, she devoted to enrich her experience in various business fields via internships in KPMG, GF Securities, Aon Hewitt, and McKinsey & Co. During those internships, she served many different foreign clients and communicated with people with different cultural backgrounds, which aroused her interest in cross-cultural communication in multinational corporations. To explore this filed, she participated actively in international activities. During her undergraduate career, she exchanged at Bocconi University in Italy for half a year supported by government scholarship and interned in Los Angeles at BDO USA, LLP. As a Yenching Scholar, she explores cross-cultural communication with regard to the field of organizational behavior.
Gozde Celikread bio
Gozde Celik completed her undergraduate degree in the field of Economics at Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey. During her undergraduate years, she became fascinated by China’s new leading economic role, and then by Chinese culture, economy, people and language. She wrote her thesis on Chinese Economic Growth in the context of the Middle Income Trap to further understand the “Chinese economic miracle” and its effects. The Confucius Institute, where she studied Mandarin, gave her opportunities to visit different cities in China, further encouraging her to continue studying Chinese society as a whole. With this aim in mind, during her senior year, she applied and was accepted for a Tsinghua CI Scholarship, and is currently studying Mandarin in Beijing. At the Yenching Academy, she intends to do research in economics and business, and to study Chinese economic growth with a focus on the country’s dramatic policy structural transformation from a manufacturing-based, export oriented growth policy into a services-based, consumption oriented policy. Gozde is also very much interested in the current and future relation between China and Turkey.
Chang Jung-Erhread bio
Jung-Erh Chang was born in Touliu City, Taiwan Province, but she spent nearly ten years of her student life in Mainland China, from elementary school to senior high school. She grew up in Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province, which was her grandparents’ hometown. The family origin and her special growth experience strengthened her emotional connections with Mainland China, deepening her understanding of Chinese culture, as well as encouraging her to explore the roots of Chinese spirits, which relates to her family and life closely. She received her Bachelor’s degree in history from National Taiwan University, with a minor in Chinese literature in 2016. AS well as this, she was a visiting graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from September 2016 to May 2017. Her research interest focuses on gender and family history in late imperial China. Her undergraduate thesis is about the sister relationship among the three talented women of the Yuan Family in Qing dynasty China. At the Yenching Academy, she wants to continue exploring related issues, using the approach of gender theories and going beyond the disciplinary boundary between history and literature studies, reconstructing life histories, emotional connections and social norms surrounding women in late imperial China. In the future, she hopes to apply her knowledge to the development of the cultural industry, devoting herself to bringing the research in Chinese history and culture to the public through various and creative ways.
Chen Changyuread bio
Chen Changyu was born in Hubei, China and lives in Nanjing currently. He received his Bachelor's degree from the Department of Liberal Arts at Nanjing University, majoring in Chinese language and literature. During his undergraduate career, he spent his junior year studying at the University of Pennsylvania as a visiting student, which inspired him to learn more about cultural communication and international relations. As the captain of school debate team, he is passionate about critical thinking and communication. He aims to continue and deepen his academic interest in Chinese modern literature and culture. At Yenching Academy, he focuses on International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy.