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Undergrad and alum receive prestigious Yenching Academy Scholarships

June 6, 2023

Jackson School student Casper Pei-Shen Suen, an international studies major graduating this spring, and Collin Chung, an alum who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international studies in 2021, have been selected for a Yenching Academy Scholarship. The award will take them to the Yenching Academy of Peking University in China, where they will join 115 scholars hailing from 31 countries as the 2023 cohort participating in the interdisciplinary China Studies master’s program.

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Casper Suen, ’23

“I am incredibly honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Yenching Scholarship, and look forward to pursuing my research interests and deepening my knowledge of China at Peking University in Beijing in the fall. But this extraordinary opportunity wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible support I’ve received from friends, classmates, and professors at the Jackson School—I’m especially grateful to Profs. David Bachman, Marie Anchordoguy, and Clair Yang for their kind mentorship and support during my time at the UW. The freedom for exploration and the spirit of inquiry fostered at the Jackson School are truly exceptional, and I’ve found both absolutely invaluable both within and beyond the classroom. I hope to use my experiences gained at the Jackson School and at Peking University to pursue a career in the public service.” said Suen.

Read the UW Undergraduate Affairs announcement

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Collin Chung ’21

“The Jackson School’s interdisciplinary approach to international relations, coupled with its excellent area studies programs, has allowed me to cultivate a strong understanding of China and its place in the international system. I’m really excited to apply these skills at Yenching Academy, where I hope to further research Chinese foreign policymaking,” said Chung of the impact of the Jackson School.

The mission of Yenching Academy of Peking University is to equip outstanding young scholars with a broad, interdisciplinary knowledge of China that reflects both Chinese and international perspectives, and to cultivate leaders who will advocate for global progress and cultural understanding. The program offers interdisciplinary classroom and field study of Chinese history and culture, as well as real-time issues in China’s development. The UW became a partner University in 2015.