ICBA Member, First Irish Recipient of Schwarzman Scholarship

Lara Connaughton is the first Irish recipient of Schwarzman Scholarship

The Ireland China Business Association is delighted to announce that one of our members, Lara Connaughton, is the first Irish recipient of a Schwarzman Scholarship in Tsinghua University, Beijing.  Lara studied BESS (Business, Economics and Social Studies) in Trinity College Dublin specialising in Business and Economics and has just graduated with a first class honours degree.

The Schwarzman Scholarship is a highly selective, one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond.  Lara’s scholarship will be fully funded for the duration of the Masters.    She will live and work in Beijing for the duration of her study, fully immersed in Chinese culture. 

Scholars are selected through a rigorous and intensive selection process, designed to identify the most promising young leaders from around the world.   This year 2,747 candidates from 119 countries competed for just 125 places.

What Lara had to say on her achievement:

‘The Association was an invaluable resource for me during the initial application process to the Schwarzman Scholarship program. Events like the Financial Forum in September were incredibly insightful, especially having studied business and economics at undergraduate level. Beginning to understand the internationalization of the RMB in the context of China’s transformation from an investment to a consumption-led economy helped me to prepare for the second round of the application process. Most recently, the Sino-Irish Business Seminar really brought to life the interconnection between Ireland and China through the channel of technology. The ICBA has introduced me to the story of China’s inimitable culture through listening to wonderful speakers and by meeting people from Chinese organisations- not something that can be achieved by simply reading up on the subject! This is an exciting time to be moving to Beijing to complete a Masters at Tsinghua University, which centres on the future of global relations and leadership. I wish to thank the ICBA for all their support on this journey.’

The Ireland China business Association would like to congratulate Lara on her amazing achievement and wish her every success.  Lara will be writing articles on her time in Beijing next year, so watch this space!

Further information on the Schwarzman Scholarship can be found here.

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