Devon Caples, an IUP junior with double majors in Asian Studies (with a focus on China) and international business, was selected as a Fellow for the 2019 US-China Student Leaders Academy with Zhi-Xing China Fellowship. Each year only a maximum of 30 American college students are selected nationwide from most prestigious universities.
Zhi (知) means knowledge and Xing (行) means action. According to the Zhi-Xing China Fellowship program website, the goal of the Zhi-Xing China Fellowship is “inspiring and building connections between the next generation of global leaders in the US and China.”
This fellowship a highlight of the US-China People-to-People Exchange, championed by the US Secretary of State and the Chinese counterpart and jointly implemented by the Asian Society and the China Education Association for International Exchange.
Selected fellows carry out research activities in China, which combine seminars and lectures with a variety of carefully curated field visits, for over a period of three weeks. The 2019 program took place from July 20 to August 9, and included fields visits to Beijing, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Yiwu. The fellowship covers the full cost (e.g., international airfare, local transportation, lodging, visa application) associated with the program for the fellows.
Devon has been taking Chinese Language courses since he was a freshman at IUP. He also studied Chinese in Shanghai in summer 2018 with the study abroad scholarship from the Asian Studies program of IUP. He served as president of the IUP Asian Studies Club and co-president of the Chinese Language and Culture Club. Devon is studying at Nanjing University through the IUP international exchange program during the 2019–20 academic year.
This is the second time that an IUP Chinese language student has received this competitive fellowship. Daniel Wethli, who graduated from IUP with double majors in Asian Studies and philosophy in May 2019, received this fellowship in 2018 (see the cover page of the spring 2018 issue of the Polyglot newsletter). The fellowship further helped Daniel to be successfully selected as Fulbright scholar and winner of other competitive scholarships such as the Boren Awards in 2019.
Department of Foreign Languages