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Studying in China Panel (Schwarzman Scholars and Yenching Academy)

During our hour-long panel discussion, participants will have the chance to speak to our panellists about the admissions process, life in Beijing, differences from undergraduate to postgraduate life, and everything in between.

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Studying in China Panel (Schwarzman Scholars and Yenching Academy)

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02 Apr 2022, 09:00 – 10:00 BST

Zoom Event

About the Event

Whether on the news, in academic courses, or in the Podcast charts, nowadays China is difficult to ignore. In the contexts of STEAR too, China has been ever-present, with the EU Ambassador to China our first ever guest speaker, and dozens of events and publications thinking about what China’s position in the world means for Europe-Asia Relations.

It is clear then that understanding China is one of the keys to strengthening Europe-Asia relations, and how better to understand the country than to live and study in it? Our Studying in China panel will feature four panellists studying on two of China’s leading scholarship programmes: two Schwarzman Scholars, based at Tsinghua University, and two Yenching Scholars, based at Peking University.

During our hour-long panel discussion, participants will have the chance to speak to our panellists about the admissions process, life in Beijing, differences from undergraduate to postgraduate life, and everything in between.


Luke Cavanaugh - Schwarzman Scholar

Luke is a recent first-class graduate of the University of Cambridge and is currently based in Beijing as a Schwarzman Scholar. Alongside founding his own consulting firm at university, he has taken executive positions at several think tanks, including as co-President of STEAR. Elsewhere, Luke has experience working in business and the public sector, and is currently attempting to synergise the two in his work at the British Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and as one of eight young people on the ITU’s Global Visionaries Board. After graduation, Luke will join the Boston Consulting Group in London.

Mingqi Xie - Schwarzman Scholar

Mingqi is a 6th cohort Schwarzman Scholar. She graduated from Tsinghua University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and International Relations. She interned at the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, where she drafted the first “Hypersonic Weapons Global Awareness” online education program. Her previous experiences include the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, South Centre (Geneva), Seoul National University, World Peace Forum, International Conflict and Security Consulting, and Daimler. She also works as Forum Alpbach Network Ambassador China. Mingqi devotes great effort to youth engagement in international dispute resolution.

Dao Nguyen - Yenching Scholar

Dao Nguyen is a Yenching Scholar and Baixian Asia Future Leader at Yenching Academy, Peking University. After finishing the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Program as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar, he is selected as the EANGAGE Research Follow of the European Union in Singapore. Currently, he is working as the Consultant and Global Youth Trainer on Meaningful Youth Engagement at UNESCO Paris. Dao is passionate about international cooperation, social inclusion, and digital connectivity. At STEAR, he hopes to enhance youth participation in public policy and strengthen cultural exchanges between Europe and Asia.

Daniel Tafelski - Yenching Scholar

Daniel is from Germany but was born and raised in Shanghai, China. He graduated from Humboldt University of Berlin with a BS in Economics and studied Political Science at UC Berkeley as a Fulbright scholar. He has worked in public sector consulting and strategy consulting as well as the German and European Parliament, deepening his understanding of the challenges faced by businesses and governments. He comes from a background of advising startups, NGOs, and multinationals and has worked in academia as well the social-impact space throughout Asia.

Daniel is a Yenching Scholar at Peking University, studying towards a Master’s in China Studies where he focuses on researching EU-China relations. He is also involved in organising the Yenching Academy’s flagship international conference, the Yenching Global Symposium.

Cherry Yu (Moderator) - Double Master’s Degree in International Affairs, Peking university and London School of Economics

Cherry is currently pursuing a double master’s degree in International Affairs at Peking University and the London School of Economics, having recently obtained her bachelor’s degree in European Social and Political Studies from University College London. She participated in the Young Ambassadors Programme at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre and is currently a research assistant at Tsinghua Centre for US-China Relations, assisting Professor Chen Qi of Tsinghua University with publications on China’s rise and US-China relations with a concentration on technology, climate governance and foreign investment.

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