School of Population Health

UNSW student receives Schwarzman Scholarship

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Dr Jaffly Chen, a current Westpac Future Leaders Scholar studying a Master of Public Health/Master of Health Management at UNSW Sydney, has been chosen for the Schwarzman Scholars Class of 2021. He is the second student from UNSW to join the prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship program since its inception five years ago.

The Schwarzman Scholarship is a program inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship and is located at Tsinghua University in Beijing. It provides promising young leaders with a master’s degree in Global Affairs and a better understanding of China.

“During my time in China I would like to focus on how we can learn from China’s innovations in medical technology and digital health to improve rural healthcare in Australia. One amazing example is how the Chinese are now experimenting with 5G networks to perform neurosurgery remotely,” Dr Chen said.

The Schwarzman Scholars Class of 2021 comprises of 145 students from 41 countries and 108 universities. The class will enrol in August 2020.

“I’m looking forward to exploring the role of technology in China's healthcare system, as well as the complex cultural, business, and political landscape that it operates in. What excites me most is the range of incredible people that will be involved with this journey and the collaborations which will flourish from this tremendous learning experience,” said Dr Chen.

“Whether it be by changing health systems or building new technologies, I am aspiring to play a significant role in increasing access to healthcare globally.”

During his time at Tsinghua University, Dr Chen will gain exposure to China and a broad network of important relationships through unique internships, mentorship opportunities, high-profile speakers and opportunities to travel throughout China.

Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship based on China’s role in global trends. Students live and study together at Schwarzman College, a newly built state-of-the-art facility where all classes are taught in English. Students spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society.