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IOE doctoral student awarded at International Yidan Prize Doctoral Conference

14 June 2021

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) doctoral student Junping Cui has won an award for her exemplary work in the field of education at the 1st International Yidan Prize Doctoral Conference.

Crowd of Graduates. Pixaby.

Junping’s research interests include global educational governance, transitions from university to early career, and the digitalising labour market. Her talk at the conference was titled ‘Opportunity or Risk? Attitudinal Strategies of Recent Young Graduates in Transition from University through Early Career in Digital Economy Sector in China’.

In her talk, Junping argued that developing an attitudinal strategy of learning from changes and learning for changes was key for young graduates. This is one of the findings of her doctoral project on the experiences of recent young graduates transitioning from university to the digital economy sector in China. The qualitative research comes from 38 semi-structured interviews with young graduates in Hangzou, China, who had graduated 3-5 years prior to being interviewed in 2019. The participants were asked about their experiences of employment or unemployment from graduation onwards.

Junping was one of five doctoral students who won awards for their papers at the International Yidan Prize Doctoral Conference, co-hosted by the University of Oxford on 27 May. The conference looked at the future of education and what skills young people need in order to pursue challenges they face.

The award winners have been invited to join the Yidan Prize Summit and Awards Presentation Ceremony in Hong Kong in December. They are also invited to an exclusive meeting with the 2021 Yidan Prize laureates. Their work will be published as a full paper in an inaugural volume of a series of annual proceedings from the Yidan Prize Doctoral Conference.

Junping said: “It was a big surprise and a huge honour to be awarded as one of the five winners. More important, it is a great encouragement for my doctoral study and future work. I am very grateful to have this opportunity to present at the Yidan Prize Doctoral Conference as a good start to present my work. I would like to especially thank my supervisors for supporting me in my study with very patient and inspiring supervision.”

Junping’s supervisor, Dr Edmund Waite said: “I am delighted that Junping’s original research on the experiences of young graduates in Hangzhou’s digital economy sector has been recognized by the Yidan Prize Foundation.”