SCMP financial editor George Chen joins prestigious Yale fellowship

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 April, 2014, 5:55pm
UPDATED : Monday, 07 April, 2014, 6:18pm


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South China Morning Post financial editor George Shu Chen has been selected as a 2014 Yale World Fellow.

Chen, 34, will join 15 other candidates in August for an intensive leadership training and academic enrichment programme at the prestigious American university.

"I’m glad that George was accepted for Yale’s prestigious global fellowship programme,” said Wang Xiangwei, editor-in-chief of the Post.

"I hope the fellowship programme could help George broaden his horizons and hone his expertise in international affairs, and in turn contribute to the Post’s coverage of China and the world," said Wang.

Chen was chosen from a pool of more than 4,000 applicants and is the sole fellow from the Greater China region this year.

He will join his peers in mid-August for a four-month stay at Yale’s New Haven campus.

“Like prior cohorts, the 2014 Yale World Fellows are dynamic, high-impact practitioners committed to effecting positive change," said Yale World Fellows director Michael Cappello, a professor of paediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine.

"Chen fits that mould perfectly and will bring immense talent and vision to the group,” he said.

The Yale World Fellows programme has attracted 257 mid-career professionals from more than 80 countries since its inception in 2002.

Chen is the second fellow to have come from Hong Kong. This year’s fellows include an Italian robotics engineer, a Syrian activist and an Indian actress and director.

“It is a privilege to welcome these impressive leaders to campus,” said Yale president Peter Salovey.

“Each year, World Fellows enrich the educational experience of Yale students through their participation in classes, presentations on campus, and individual mentoring.”

Born in Shanghai, Chen joined the Post in February 2012 and is known for his Mr. Shangkong columns. Chen’s writing is informed by his experiences in Greater China’s two financial capitals.

Follow George Chen on Twitter: @george_chen