Ceremony held to present gov't award of students abroad

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Ambassador Sun Guoxiang speaks at the ceremony to present the 9th Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad on Friday, May 25, 2012. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com / Xu Leiying]

A ceremony was held Friday evening to present the 9th Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad at the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York.

The Award, established in 2003, is a scholarship to honor overseas Chinese students with outstanding academic accomplishments. Only students who are under 40 years old, hold Chinese passports and attend doctoral programs for more than a year are eligible.

This year, a total of 495 Chinese PhD candidates from 25 nations were awarded, including 9 Extraordinary Potential Prize winners. 31 of them, including 3 Extraordinary Potential Prize winners, were from the ten northeastern states of the United States, where many top universities are located. Awardees get a cash prize of 6,000 US dollars, and Extraordinary Potential Prize winners get 10,000 US dollars.

Ambassador Sun Guoxiang attended the ceremony and delivered a speech, saying that the celebration is for personal success as well as the amazing development of the educational cooperation between China and the United States.

Dr. Christopher Murray from the University of Pennsylvania also made a speech on behalf of professors because two students of his, Ye Xingchen and Chen Jun, won the Award for two consecutive years. Dr. Murray said humbly that he was very lucky to work with those talented and hardworking Chinese students.

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