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Warwick student selected for Schwarzman Scholarship

A student from the University of Warwick has been selected for the prestigious Schwartzman Scholarship in Beijing, China.w

Wilfried Buiron is currently studying International Management at Warwick, and will graduate in June 2017. With the scholarship, he will go on to a one-year Master’s Degree programme at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s top universities.

Passionate about entrepreneurship, Wilfried has experience working in start-ups from Paris to Beijing, and speaks fluent French, English and Mandarin.

Part of Freshminds recruitment company's UK top 100 graduates, his ambition is to become a future global role model in entrepreneurship, and to help deepen the connection between China and the rest of the world through business.

During his time at Warwick, Wilfried has demonstrated strong ties with Asia: he was President of Warwick Asia Careers Society, he spent a year at Peking University, Guanghua School of Management – and in 2014 he was awarded a University of Warwick scholarship for a summer programme in Beijing Renmin University.

Speaking about the scholarship, Wilfried comments:

“After meeting other candidates at the interview I got the clear sense that the programme aims to bring together people with the ambition to drive significant, positive change in their field of interest - whether that be politics, women’s rights, green energy or in my case entrepreneurship.

“I feel very fortunate and excited to have been selected to join a group of such passionate and high-reaching individuals!”


Notes for Editors:

The University of Warwick is consistently ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK and top 100 in the world. It is one of the UK's leading research universities, with an acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, innovation, and links with business and industry.

About Schwarzman Scholars:

Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, which was founded in 1902 to promote international understanding and peace, and is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Blackstone Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman personally contributed $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $350 million from private sources to endow the program in perpetuity. The $450 million endowment will support up to 200 scholars annually from the U.S., China, and around the world for a one-year Master’s Degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities and an indispensable base for the country’s scientific and technological research. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China. Admissions opened in the fall of 2015, with the first class of students in residence in 2016.

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2 November 2016

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