2016 Yenching Scholars
Danit Gal

Danit Gal

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Danit Gal graduated with a BA magna cum laude in Government from IDC Herzliya, Israel, where she was a Ragonis Foundation Scholar, Argov Fellow, and MENA Leaders for Change Fellow. Danit also holds an M.Sc. in the Social Science of the Internet from the University of Oxford, where she focused on socio-technical aspects of cybersecurity.While at Oxford, she co-authored a UNESCO study on countering online hate speech and organized the annual Peking-Oxford-Stanford Internet Law and Policy Conference. Passionate about science, technology, and society, Danit will explore the diffusion of technological innovation in a hyper-connected China at the Yenching Academy.

Miriam Shlimak

Miriam Shlimak

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Miri Shlimak is a 24 year old Tel Aviv University graduate of East Asian Studies and Art History. She has been studying, working and playing music in Beijing since the Spring of 2015. She previously worked at the press department of the Israeli Embassy. Miri had studied in various international schools for most of her childhood and early teenage years. During her studies, Miri discovered a great interest in linguistics. By twelve years old, she was already fluent in Russian, Hebrew and English, while beginning to study Spanish in school. When Miri finished her Israeli national service, she decided to follow her early childhood fascination with Chinese culture and language and applied for the department of East Asian Studies. During her second year of university, she achieved first prize in the local Chinese proficiency competition, Chinese Bridge 2014 (汉语桥). Following this, she participated in the international competition in China, where she placed in the top 30 amongst 200 students. Her bachelor's thesis was dedicated to finding the place of Chinese philosophy in the modern digital era. She also received the Dean's and Rector's certificate of excellence for her high academic achievements. As a result, she received two Confucius Institute scholarships and decided to enroll in Peking University. Miri is passionate about exploring new aspects of China through her future academic studies. Miri's fields of interest and studies include business management, international relations and a more intensive Chinese language study experience.