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Four PKU students receive the title of University Innovation Fellow from Stanford University

MAR . 06 2018
Peking University, March 6, 2018: On Feb 26, 2018, four students from Peking University received the title of “University Innovation Fellow” in Stanford University’s 2018 spring University Innovation Fellows program. The four students are, respectively, Jeff Niu, master student from Yenching  Academy; Li Yini, undergraduate from School of Foreign Languages; George Dai, undergraduate from School of Mathematical Science; Jason Ji, undergraduate from School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science. Peking University is the second Chinese university which designates students to attend this program.

The University Innovation Fellow (UIF) is a program organized by Stanford University, aiming at  improving students’ innovative thinking skills and the ability to realize an entrepreneurship. Until 2017, Stanford University has cultivated 1241 Fellows from more than 200 universities in 10 countries. The Fellows are encouraged to put forward  constructive suggestions for the reformation of innovative circumstances for their university or country. The program cultivates Fellows to become leaders of change in higher education and hopes to generate a greater range of innovation.

The candidates of PKU underwent a strict selecting process.  Aside from the on-campus selection, they were interviewed online by the panel member of UFI, took a six-week online course and submitted their research. With the full cooperation of the four candidates they were eventually selected as UIF Fellows.

Jeff Niu, co-founder and now board advisor of the China Youth Business League, devotes his long-term efforts to educational innovation and the teaching and spreading of design thinking. Li Yini, an undergraduate student who double majors Management of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, organized and was the executive director of the first Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (GYES) of PKU. She said that “UIF is the ideal opportunity to explore externally, understand externally, and then, spread internally.” 
George Dai, an entrepreneur and undergraduate student, believes that international horizon and communication opportunities give him the chance to reexamine his career. Jason Ji, a sophomore, did an internship at a business incubator. During the internship, he became keenly aware of the fast-changing era. Now he hopes to find the answer to how to shape one’s own personality to meet the future challenge.

From March 16 to 19, the team will represent PKU to attend the UIF meetup at Silicon Valley. They will communicate with other Fellows, find out the innovation education situation in other universities and deepen their knowledge from the design of innovative ecology. 

Written by: Wang Chengsiou
Edited by: Yan Shengnan