Heading for Peking University

June 25, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Sinophile Heath Sloane will be joining a cohort of 140 emerging global leaders in Beijing this year, where he will complete a fully-funded Masters program at Peking University.

Heath Sloane

The 25-yr-old Heath served as Public Affairs Officer at the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies since March last year.

He told J-Wire: “While at the NSWJBD, I worked closely with our constituent organisations and the wider Jewish community to build inter-community relationships and support the Board’s broader public affairs initiatives.”

Furthering its bid for soft power China is offering elite scholarships at leading Chinese universities, modelled after the world-famous Rhodes Scholarship award at the University of Oxford.

One such program is the Yenching Scholarship awarded by China’s preeminent academic institution. The Yenching Scholarship is intended to educate and sculpt the next generation of world leaders in every field: from politics and economics to art and philosophy

After mastering Mandarin at university and serving as Public Affairs Officer at the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, Heath will now concentrate on International Relations – through which he hopes to ameliorate and deepen the Australia-China relationship.

Launched in 2014, The Yenching Academy provides full fellowships to its scholars and offers them a wide array of interdisciplinary courses on China within broadly defined fields of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

A strength of the program is its well-rounded curriculum, where Yenching Scholars can choose courses from any of the six research areas and engage in field studies and research related to their specific areas of interest.

The Yenching Academy brings together young people who have demonstrated a talent for leadership and innovation. At Yenching, they are immersed in an intensive learning environment where they can explore China and its past, present and future roles in the world. The Academy’s goal is to shape new generations of global citizens with a nuanced understanding of China.

Since its founding in 1898, Peking University has played a central role in China’s modern history as China’s foremost centre of scholarship and as an incubator for China’s future leaders.

Heath Sloane was born in Penrith and grew up in Parramatta. He attended The King’s School, then The University of Sydney (St Paul’s College).

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