Graduate chosen for globally recognised Schwarzman Scholars

A graduate from the University of Bath has been selected for the third class of the prestigious Schwarzman Scholars Master’s degree programme at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Isabel Zhang Zhang, who graduated with a BSc (Hons) Economics in 2014, was selected as one of just 142 Scholars from over 4,000 applicants from across the globe.

Scholars are selected through an application process designed to evaluate their intellectual and academic ability, as well as leadership potential and strength of character. More than 400 semi-finalists were invited to an in-person regional interview in Beijing, Singapore, London or New York, and went before panels of distinguished figures comprised of CEOs, former heads of state, university presidents, non-profit executives, journalists and other leaders from around the world.

Speaking of her achievement, Isabel said: “I am really excited to join the Schwarzman Scholars Programme. For me, it is a unique way to learn about China’s economic structure, governance, historical legacy and cultural nuances from its capital Beijing. My upbringing in Spain, education at the University of Bath, and work experience in the US have been crucial in preparing me for this next stage of study and career.”

Robert Garris Phd, Global Director of Admissions and Strategic Initiatives at Schwarzman Scholars commented: “Having had the chance to personally observe the selection process, I know that the collective accomplishments, motivations, and leadership potential of our next class is extraordinary.

“We continue to be inspired and impressed by the young people who apply to become Schwarzman Scholars. The class currently in Beijing has curiosity, compassion and ambition, qualities that are critical in future leaders.”

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