Three computer science PhD students have been awarded the prestigious ‘Chinese Government Award for outstanding students abroad’.
CECS graduates Yansheng Ming and He Wang, current computer science PhD student Zheng Li and PhD student at the Research School of Chemistry, Qian Li, were four of the 44 Chinese students in Australia to receive the award.
The awards celebrate the achievements of Chinese PhD students living and studying abroad and who are not funded by the Chinese government. The winners are also encouraged to return to China after the completion of their professional training abroad, through the support of the China Scholarship Council and Chinese embassy.
Developed in 2003, the awards are based on academic merit and encourage international students to achieve first-class results during their studies. Awardees receive $6000 to further develop and finance their studies. The ceremony was held on 29th April at the Chinese Embassy, where Ambassador Zhaoxu Ma issued the awards to the winners, and also issued formal appreciation letters to their supervisors.
“I am absolutely very excited for receiving this government award. As far as I know, this is the highest award for Chinese overseas PhD students, and it is extremely competitive. Just imagine how many Chinese students are studying all over the world! ” said Zheng Li.
Whilst Zheng realises a lot of his hard work went into his PhD, he would also like to thank his supervisors, Dr. Liam O’Brien, Dr. Shayne Flint, and Dr. Rajiv Ranjan.
“To be honest, my PhD study is not easy. I met various, huge and unexpected difficulties during the past three years. Fortunately, I can confirm that the idiom “No pain, no gain” is true. More importantly, it is my supervisors’ support that helps me successfully continue my study. So I am also really happy that I have not failed them.”
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