2016 Yenching Scholars
José Izquierdo Fernández

José Izquierdo Fernández

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José Izquierdo Fernández graduated from the University of Granada (Spain) where he studied political science and public administration. While studying politics, he felt increasingly interested in legal studies, and decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in law. In 2012 he was granted the Erasmus Scholarship to study European Union law and private international law at Yeditepe University (Istanbul, Turkey). The following academic year, thanks to the sponsorship of his home university, he went to the University of Toronto where he focused on political theory and the history of economic thought. He graduated from his bachelor’s in political science in 2014, receiving the “Award for Excellence in International Mobility”. After graduation he continued his legal studies with a focus in cross-border litigation, interning at the AGM–Paris law boutique. In the winter semester of 2015 he received the IES Abroad Scholarship to study Chinese language at Beijing Foreign Studies University, where he also worked as a data analyst for the technological start-up Flint App. Following this experience he accepted an admission offer from the Chinese Scholarship Council and moved to Shanghai in order to continue his studies of Chinese language and law at East China University of Political Science and Law. After graduating in law at the University of Granada in June 2016 he hopes to specialize in the Chinese market from a legal perspective. His ambition is to contribute to strengthening the economic ties between Europe and China, by facilitating the entry of small and medium-sized businesses into the large and complex markets of China. That is why, while at the Yenching Academy, he intends to deepen his knowledge on the Chinese legal framework, China’s regulatory environment, and its significance for foreign businesses, with a particular focus on Spanish and European companies.