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YCIS Student Receives Full Scholarship to IB Student Conference in England

May, 2013
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On 28 April, Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) Year 12 student Junting Yeung was one of only ten students in the world to be granted a full scholarship to attend the International Baccalaureate (IB) Student Conference at the University of Warwick in England during August 2013. The topic of the conference this year is ‘Employing the Arts for Social and Political Change’.

On finding out about his successful application, Yeung said, “I found out about the IB World Student Conference through my IB coordinator at school, Mr. Warren and he encouraged me to apply for the scholarship for the conferences in the United States and in the United Kingdom. I successfully applied to the one in Warwick. The scholarship included the registration fee and air tickets as well as accommodation on the university campus. I was informed of the achievement through email late at night when I was completing my homework. I was surprised and startled when I saw an email come in from the University of Warwick. I was very pleased because I would be able to visit England – having been there only once. It would be a great way to end my summer in England at such a prestigious university!”

Across the six days of the conference, the students attending will be treated to several informative presentations and seminars from leading professionals in different fields including film-maker and Peace One Day Founder Jeremy Gilley, Project VOICE co-director Phil Kaye and Royal Shakespeare Company actor Ben Walden, as well as participating in several team projects with other attendees. When asked what he hoped to learn from the IB World Conference, Yeung explained, “I hope to learn to appreciate and understand the effect the arts have for social and political change. Most importantly, I hope to take something out of the conference and apply it to my own community in Beijing. I hope to start my own projects in Beijing and let it influence the world. The IB Conference will definitely inspire me regarding ideas and opportunities to improve my Creativity Action Service (CAS) projects as part of the IB Course. I am confident that I will meet people who will be able to influence and inspire me as they may have a different take on the world than I do. I hope that these friends I make will widen my knowledge of the world and allow me to see the world as they do. Lastly, the trip to Warwick will definitely decide whether or not I would like to study in the UK in the future. I will be exposed to a foreign university environment, experiencing a little of university life for five days. It will also help me with my college application as they have a Higher Education Fair on one of the days!”



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