2015 Yenching Scholars
Feng Xue

Feng Xue

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Feng Xue completed a program in Chinese language and literature at Nanjing University. Her thesis, entitled "The Distinctions of Yu and Hu", was awarded the second prize in the 27th Forum of Sciences and Arts of Nanjing University. She also studied at the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan as an exchange student. 

Sarah Finn

Sarah Finn

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Sarah Finn graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2015 with a First Class M.A. with Honours French and Linguistics. She speaks fluent French, and has studied Irish Gaelic, Spanish, Mandarin, and Japanese. As an undergraduate she spent a year studying French linguistics at the Université de Strasbourg in France, and completed a Project Management internship at the multinational translation company “TransPerfect” in Barcelona. She pursued the Public Policy and International Relations concentration at the Yenching Academy. Her research interests include China-EU relations and her aim in the future is to work in an international setting to help provide solutions to the development challenges facing China and other countries.

Alicia French

Alicia French

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Alicia French graduated from the University of Chicago. She is an aspiring architect interested in Latin America and regional architectural history. Her undergraduate thesis, based on fieldwork in Latin America, focused on surrealism in the experimental architectural site of Ritoque, Chile. While at the University of Chicago, she was also involved in establishing a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Fu Duanling

Fu Duanling

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Fu Duanling studied translation and interpreting at Wuhan University, where she actively participated in the English Debate and Interpretation Teams. She was selected to take part in the China Leadership Summit at Duke University, and later went on to study at Duke Kunshan University.

Hüseyin Oğuz Genç

Hüseyin Oğuz Genç

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Hüseyin Oğuz Genç graduated from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, where he studied civil engineering. His main area of interest is developmental political economy. His previous projects have focused on the economic development, growth, and developmental characteristics of Japan and China. Hüseyin plans to conduct doctoral studies in the field of economics. 

Magdalena Gonzalez

Magdalena Gonzalez

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Magdalena Gonzalez graduated from Sciences Po, where she studied international security and conducted research on mass violence and transitional justice. She has interned with major global organizations, and worked on issues such as organized crime and human trafficking, renewable energy, and technological innovation. At the Yenching Academy, Magdalena studied China’s foreign policy towards Latin America and its impact on regional security.

Benjamin Griffin

Benjamin Griffin

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Benjamin Griffin graduated cum laude from Leiden University’s International Studies degree programme in August 2015 where he specialised in East Asian regional politics and security issues with a particular emphasis on the DPRK (North Korea). In the summer of 2014 Griffin led an educational engagement project to the DPRK becoming the inaugural English language teacher at the College of Tourism, Pyongyang. During his studies Griffin has also worked as a consultant in the Netherlands as well as in China where he gained valuable experience working in the nascent NGO-sector. At the Yenching Academy, Peking University Griffin deepened his multifaceted understanding of East Asian regional politics, security issues and policy analysis in order to begin a career in diplomacy.

Ani Grigoryan

Ani Grigoryan

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Ani Grigoryan graduated from a linguistic program in Yerevan, Armenia, where she studied eight different languages and published Chinese language learning resources for Armenian speakers. Ani interned with the National Assembly and the UN office in Armenia. In the future she plans to pursue her interest in developing Sino-Armenian relations.

Guo Yongpei

Guo Yongpei

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Guo Yongpei pursued studies in urban planning and economics at Peking University. While at PKU, he received an award for all-round academic excellence. He interned with the Chinese Academy of Urban Planning and Design, and participated in projects on local conservation and the creation of provincial urbanization plans.