My interest in learning Chinese stemmed from 2002 when I passed through Beijing on route to Mongolia where I participated in charity work. As I passed through Beijing I instantly fell in love with the culture.
In 2006 I graduated from Brunel University. My final dissertation focused on doing business across Asia. Once submitted I began studying Mandarin part-time.
Studying Mandarin quickly became my favourite hobby and in 2007 I enrolled in the Waltham Forest Chinese Association Sunday Chinese School. My passion for learning Chinese enabled me to achieve excellent results and in academic years 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 I achieved awards within the school (please see attached letter of recommendation from the Head Master). I accomplished this while working full time, as well as studying a postgraduate diploma in marketing.
Since my initial visit to China in 2002 I have returned five times, feeding my passion for Chinese culture, language and to visit friends I have made along the way.
The scholarship will fund my education to study Mandarin at a Chinese university for one year. The three universities I have chosen are Peking University, Tianjin University and Beijing Jiaotong University. My first choice is Peking University. Being the university with the longest history in teaching the Chinese language to foreign students in China, Peking University continues to build on its heritage playing a leading role in teaching Chinese. At present I am reading the ‘Chinese Breeze’ series (a series of story books designed for Chinese language learners) published by Peking University Press. Peking University’s teaching methods, facilities and rich literature will be a key enabler in facilitating me to unfold my potential.
My current profession as Communications Manager is very demanding and it can often be...