Maria Agnieszka Jaroszread bio
Maria Agnieszka Jarosz, born and raised in Poland, studied at Bart?omiej Nowodworski High School nr 1 in Krakow in the years 2011-2014, where she majored in Polish, History, Latin and Ancient Greek. In 2014 she won a laureate title at XXXII Polish Latin Language and Ancient Culture Contest. She is to graduate from Jagiellonian University in Krakow in July 2017, majoring in Sinology, with her undergraduate dissertation focusing on Zhao Shuli, a rural Chinese fiction writer. Maria was granted the Jagiellonian University President’s Scholarship for Best Students in 2015. Since 2015 she has held the position of vice-president of the Jagiellonian University Sinology Students Research Circle, where she organized a number of academic and social events. During her studies at Jagiellonian University she was able to pass HSK 4 in 2016. Maria is most interested in the twentieth century Chinese literature, especially the literature after The Yan’an Forum on Literature and Art, so at the Yenching Academy she intends to study Literature and Culture. In the future she hopes to focus on the specifics of literary translation, due to her love of both the Polish and Chinese language, as well as literature itself.
Paulina Kanarekread bio
Paulina, a native of Cracow, Poland spent the last 5 years in the United Kingdom, where she completed her degree in Chinese and Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She continued her education at postgraduate level at the University of Oxford, where she pursued MSc Contemporary Chinese Studies program. Her thesis was focused on Sino-Polish relations in light of recent developments in both bilateral terms and in the broader context of the EU relationship with China. Paulina is particularly interested in relations between China and Europe, as well as the role of the New Silk Road in the PRC’s cooperation with Central and Eastern European states. Paulina has experience working in the field of Sino-European relations, which she gained as an intern in the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Beijing and the Trade and Investment Promotion Section of Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Shanghai. She is fluent in five languages including Mandarin, which she mastered while spending a year as an exchange student at Beijing Normal University. At the Yenching Academy she will pursue the Politics and International Relations research area, which will allow her to develop her interest in the One Belt One Road Initiative and its influence on trade and investment with the European Union.