For the first time, mainland Chinese citizens will this year have the opportunity to be awarded Rhodes Scholarships in China to study at Oxford.
The expansion of Rhodes Scholarships into China marks a historic moment for the 112-year-old Rhodes Trust. Quickly followed this week by the announcement of Rhodes Scholarships for the United Arab Emirates, it marks the beginning of a second century of the Trust’s campaign to strengthen opportunities for broader global collaboration and understanding.
The first Chinese Rhodes Scholars will be selected in 2015 and join the class of 2016 for postgraduate study at Oxford. Funded by donors from mainland China and Hong Kong, as well as Oxford, the Rhodes Scholarship for China will cover all University and college fees, a personal stipend for room and board, as well as health insurance and travel — for a total value of more than £50,000 a year.
There are currently 907 Chinese students enrolled at Oxford, making it the second-largest group of international students, after the USA. The director of the Rhodes China Programme, Meijie (MJ) Tang, said: ‘China is increasingly internationally focused and has so much innovation and creativity to offer. The Rhodes Scholarships for China will allow future generations of mainland Chinese students to play a valuable contributing role within the prestigious Rhodes community at Oxford University.’
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