Nepal's Rastraraj Bhandari selected as Yenching Scholar

Published On: July 18, 2019 02:28 PM NPT By: Agencies

ABU DHABI, July 16: Nepal's Rastraraj Bhandari has been selected as a Yenching Scholar by Yenching Academy of Peking University in Beijing.

Bhandari, who is a former student at New York University Abu Dhabi in United Arab of Emirates, has been selected as one of 130 outstanding young scholars who belongs to the fifth cohort enrolled in the interdisciplinary Master’s program in China Studies that starts from coming September.

Bhandari, 23, was graduated from NYUAD in May where he majored in Economics, according to Emirates News Agency.

During his time at New York University Abu Dhabi, he studied how much young people are willing to pay to build resilient infrastructures to help them stay safe from glacial flooding in the Himalayas.

Bhandari is going to pursue a degree majoring in politics and international relations at the Yenching Academy of Peking University.

"I want to use the Yenching Scholarship to develop a nuanced understanding of China's evolving role in combating climate change and leading global environmental governance. Yenching Scholarship seemed to be the best fit to advance a long-term career in high-level climate action, finance, and diplomacy," the NYUAD graduate was quoted by Emirates News Agency as saying.

Designed to promote the interdisciplinary study of contemporary China, the Yenching Academy of Peking University – a prestigious institution of higher learning – underlines the value of thinking about its development from both Chinese and international perspectives.

As a fully-funded residential program at China’s top university, the academy builds bridges between China and the world by gathering young people who show promise to lead and innovate in their fields, the news agency added.

The Yenching Academy of Peking University aims to build a platform for talents and shape a new generation of global citizens with a nuanced understanding of China and its role in the world.

Bhandari will be the fourth Yenching Scholar to come from NYUAD.


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