First scholars co-funded by Agricultural Bank of China
This October the Trust will be welcoming scholars from China on the new scholarship programme, the Agricultural Bank of China Cambridge Scholarships. The scholarships are jointly funded by 'AgBank' and the Cambridge Trust.
Seven Masters candidates will be studying in Cambridge, taking one- year Masters degrees in a variety of subjects - Computational Biology, Economics, Engineering, Development Studies, Land Economy, Law, and Translational Medicine.
The scholars have previously taken first degrees at several institutions in China, including Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou and in Sichuan. Some have already carried out research projects: the medical student, Chenzhi Jing, was research assistant last summer for Operation Wallacea, studying the influence of global warming on Amazon biodiversity. The land economist, Yuelong Yang, was an Assistant Analyst at the Centre of Land & Resources in Beijing. And the computational biologist, Zheng Zhou, carried out research last year at the Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.
The Agricultural Bank of China has a proven track record in enhancing the welfare of young Chinese people. The scholarship scheme forms part of its 'Help you Grow' programme, alongside an Economic Investigation programme that enables college students to focus on key economic issues that affect the public interest, and the Kins Trip programme that recruits young people from Hong Kong to work and study in rural parts of mainland China.
The Bank was recently named 'Most Socially Responsible Financial Institution of the Year' in China, for its work in the fields of social welfare, energy conservation and environmental protection.