Monash students win Chinese scholarships

CSC PhD awardees

Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad awardees

Six PhD students from Monash University have been awarded scholarships for academic excellence from the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC).

Kefeng Xuan and Geng Zhao from the Faculty of Information Technology and Yuan Zheng, Li He, Yi Chen, and Nan Fu from the Faculty of Engineering have all been presented with the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad.

Ms Zhao, from the School of Information Technology, who is investigating mobile databases through her PhD project ‘K Nearest Neighbour search in Spatial Database’ said winning this scholarship was of great significance to her.

“This scholarship shows the warm concern of the Chinese government, affirms my contributions, and highly praises Monash University’s research capacity,” Ms Zhao said.

“Besides my own work, the other crucial element was the supervision from Professor Balasubramaniam Srinivasan and Associate Professor David Taniar. Without their guidance I would not have received this award.”

Professor Srinivasan and Associate Professor Taniar from the Faculty of Information Technology, jointly supervised Mr Xuan and Ms Zhao, and attended the recent scholarship ceremony.

The award was founded by the Chinese government in 2003 with the purpose of rewarding the academic excellence of self-financed Chinese students studying overseas. Only those with outstanding results in their PhD studies are considered by the award selection panel and no more than 500 awards are granted worldwide each year.

This year 39 were given to students in Australia, ranking the country fourth behind Canada, USA and Japan.

Professor Srinivasan said Monash had done extremely well in this year’s round of scholarships, claiming six of the 11 scholarships given to students in both Victoria and Tasmania.  

“The Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne, Dr John Shi, spoke very highly of Monash and was keen to hear about the University’s progress in opening a campus in China,” Professor Srinivasan said.

Nan Fu, who studied biochemical engineering at Monash University, is currently working as an Associate Professor at Suzhou University in China.