Alumnus Min Yang named Schwarzman Scholar

December 5, 2017

Min Yang

Min Yang, a 2015 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been selected for the Schwarzman Scholars program, an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship and founded by Blackstone co-founder and chief executive officer Stephen A. Schwarzman.

Yang, from Shunde, Guangdong Province, China, majored in health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and in mathematical decision sciences in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences.

The innovative master’s degree program supports study at China’s prestigious Tsinghua University and bridges the academic and professional worlds to educate students about leadership and China’s expanding role in the world.

Yang was one of only 142 recipients selected worldwide for the award, which provides unparalleled learning opportunities with leaders from China and the world through high-level interactions at lectures, an internship program, a mentorship network and intensive travel seminars. He is Carolina’s fifth Schwarzman Scholar since the program began in 2016.

“Being named a Schwarzman Scholar is an exceptional achievement and we are incredibly proud that Min will have an opportunity to pursue his master’s studies in China,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “During his time at Carolina, Min’s accomplishments as a scholar and social entrepreneur included organizing one of the largest Sino-U.S. student conferences in the U.S. and work as a research fellow exploring business models in AIDS charity organizations. The quality of his scholarship, entrepreneurial mindset and commitment to making the world a better place – coupled with this wonderful opportunity – will be the stepping stone to success as he works to improve people’s health, with a particular focus on those most in need in our world.”

logo, Schwarzmann Scholars Program“I am excited to join a network of 100-plus future leaders who will be shaping the future of China and the rest of the world,” said Yang. “Coming from a research background in college and hoping to improve people’s health as an entrepreneur, I feel I need a systematic training in business and leadership, and a deeper understanding of China. I believe the Schwarzman Scholarship is the perfect program for that.”

While at Carolina, Yang served as president of the Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit, an achievement recognized by Forbes, and was also a research fellow for UNC’s Project China. As a result of his accomplishments, Yang was recognized by China Hands magazine as one of 25-under-25 future leaders in U.S.-China relations. He also interned for both the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and the China Center for Health Economics Research in Beijing, China. He played the saxophone with UNC’s Marching Tar Heels.

Yang recently helped launch ofo, the biggest station-free bike share platform in the world. He previously worked as a senior analyst for CBPartners and co-founded DocFlight, an international telemedicine startup that bridges health-care services in the U.S. with patients abroad.

“Becoming a Schwarzman Scholar is a great honor and opportunity to gain greater leadership perspective, entrepreneurial skill and insight into pressing global problems,” said Karl Umble, PhD, clinical assistant professor of health policy and management at the Gillings School and director of the department’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health program. “We are very proud of Min and look forward to following his contributions to global population health.”


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Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or dpesci@unc.edu