2016 Yenching Scholars
Joost van Deutekom

Joost van Deutekom

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Joost van Deutekom is completed an MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford, focusing on Chinese politics and foreign policy. Previously Joost graduated from Radboud University with a degree in Political Science, studied for a year at the Università degli Studi di Siena as an Erasmus student and interned at the Political Department of the Dutch Embassy in London. At the Yenching Academy he is focusing on the domestic sources of Chinese foreign policy and he hopes to further improve his Mandarin.

Maithe van Luijk

Maithe van Luijk

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Maithe van Luijk is an Amsterdam-born cosmopolitan with a passion for other cultures. After travelling in Asia for five months, she decided to start her studies in visual communication and graphic design in Rotterdam. At the same time, she was making her first acquaintance with entrepreneurship. As co-owner of a small clothing start-up, her aim was to change the world "one shirt at a time." However, faced with missing a certain depth, she decided to change her course radically by taking on a Bachelor degree in China Studies at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. Driven by this passion for other cultures and changing the world, she graduated with a Minor in International Relations, as well as an Honors degree and a second thesis. Next to that, she has successfully completed yoga teacher training in India and spent a summer as a volunteer in Kaohsiung. She has written a comparative thesis based on her research on the Confucian idea of ren (仁) and the keystones of liberalism as the grounds for our respective contemporary societies. At Yenching, she plans to delve further into the differences and similarities in the field of political philosophy between the two worlds. Wishing first to deepen and strengthen her knowledge on the matter, she hopes to someday contribute to strong relations between China and Europe.

Hylke de Sauvage Nolting

Hylke de Sauvage Nolting

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Born and raised in Gouda, the Netherlands, Hylke de Sauvage Nolting studied at Leiden University College The Hague. In this interdisciplinary program he majored in World Politics. He took part in a wide variety of courses related to the field of International Relations. Hylke was already fascinated by China in high school, which resulted in him researching the Chinese Real Estate sector for his final project. After paying his first visit to China last year his interest intensified, and he is delighted to have the opportunity to explore China more at Yenching. His intended concentration is Politics and International Relations, with a focus on China-EU relations.