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Ambitious Law Student Wins Top Int'l Scholarship

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Peng Yali [Guangzhou Daily]


A law doctoral candidate from south China's Guangdong Province spoke to interviewers recently to share her story after she won the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships.

Peng Yali was among total of just four candidates who became Chinese Rhodes scholars this year. She currently studies at the University of Chicago

After receiving the prize, she said she hoped to go to Oxford University in future to pursue a doctorate in criminology.

In 2012, Peng was admitted to Tsinghua University as a top scorer in liberal arts from Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong.

She then graduated from Tsinghua with a dual degree of laws and business administration.

During her undergraduate years, she was elected to become a member of the Spark Program and served as the organization’s vice president. 

Meanwhile, she also spent time at Harvard University and the University of Hong Kong as an exchange student.

She told reporters that although she knew about the Rhodes Scholarships, she did not consider applying because she wanted to continue studying law in the States.

Last year, she initiated the idea of applying for the scholarship to support her degree in criminology inOxford.

Speaking of the interview process, Peng said, "It is better to describe it as an informal communication ."

In the end, Peng received a phone call informing her that she won the scholarship. She immediately shared the good news with her parents, "It was such a happy moment."

Speaking of her dreams, Peng said she had many ideas during her undergraduate years, such as to become a lawyer and a civil servant. But she finally chose criminal law because she liked it best.

"The theory of criminal law is so rigorous and scientific. I am deeply aware that domestic criminal law scholars have gone a long way in the criminal law doctrine, and there is room for improvement in empirical research and sentencing regulations. I hope to contribute my own strength," Peng said.

(Source: Guangzhou Daily/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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