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Forging Connections with China over Lunch

April 26, 2018

Yale University has a long history of collaborating with and welcoming Chinese scholars, going back over a hundred years to the very beginning of the twentieth century. A new chapter in that partnership began in 2006 with the inauguration of the China Scholarship Council (CSC) – Yale World Scholars Program in Biomedical Sciences, a joint project initiated by Yale and the Chinese Ministry of Education. The CSC – Yale World Scholars Program recruits top graduates in the biomedical sciences from a select group of elite Chinese universities for the same rigorous program of specialized research training available to all Yale Ph.D. students in the Biological and Biomedical sciences. The nine participating Chinese universities are Fudan University, Nanjing University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Sun Yat-Sen University, Tsinghua University, University of Science and Technology of China, and Zhejiang University. Each school nominates several top students for consideration, and those who are admitted into the CSC-Yale program are well positioned to become leaders in scientific research, both in China and worldwide.

In the years since it began, the students and graduates of the CSC – Yale World Scholars Program have begun to make their mark. “We have one-hundred and twenty-seven students enrolled and forty Ph.D. recipients to date,” noted Dr. Tony Koleske, Director of the CSC-Yale Program and Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. “We are proud that they have made fundamental discoveries and published landmark studies in top journals.  The earliest students in the program have graduated and are embarking upon careers in the US and China.”

As part of the program, first year graduate students PeiQi Li, Miao Liu, and Qi Wang organized a recent lunch talk with Dean Lynn Cooley, the founder of the initiative. “The CSC-Yale World Scholars program brings outstanding students from top Chinese universities into doctoral programs at Yale,” said Dean Cooley. “I am thrilled with the success of the program and the accomplishments of our students. I look forward to staying in touch with the CSC-Yale alumni as they build their careers.”

The student lunches with senior faculty and academic leaders helps the students to achieve their scientific goals and define their career goals,” said Dr. John Alvaro, BBS Administrative Director. “Because Dean Cooley was the founder of the program and now the head of the Graduate School, it was particularly valuable to hear her perspective about being in graduate school and about becoming a future leader.”

By Sean Blink, Website and Social Media Fellow