Beth makes a bid to study in China

Beth Miller, second from left, visiting Taipei in Taiwan with friends
Beth Miller, second from left, visiting Taipei in Taiwan with friends

A politics student has bid for a prestigious scholarship to attend a top university in China.

Beth Miller, 20, a former pupil at Brooke Weston Academy, Corby, wants to study the Mandarin language and Chinese culture. She has applied for the scholarship through the Into China Gateway Programme.

The scholarship competition, which is being contested by 18 applicants, will be judged on Monday and will be assessed on the quality of the application and also the number of Tweets and Facebook likes from Beth’s application page.

Beth is now studying politics and international relations at the University of Sheffield. She said: “In the future, I want to pursue a career in diplomacy, with particular interest in China, so it is essential that I understand the country as well as the language. After going to Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai earlier this year I have confirmed my love for the country and really want to be back to explore more of it.

“Overall, the scholarship offered would provide me with the means to spend more time in China which I have craved since my last visit.

“My future career ambitions would be helped massively by an increased cultural awareness of the country along with Mandarin skills.”

Beth travelled to Hong Kong in July last year where she has lived while studying Asian politics at a Hong Kong university for the past 10 months. She is due to return to Corby in July.