Nanzhu Scholar in Math Education Seeks to “Enrich the Lives of Scholars in China”

Bowen Liu, a first-year EdD student in mathematics education, plans to use his education at TC to enhance and enrich the lives of scholars in China and demonstrate to fellow Chinese scholars that “they, too, can have access to a first-class education when they are unyielding, resolute and hardworking.”  As this year’s beneficiary of the Nanzhu Endowed Scholarship Fund, Bowen chose TC “based on its perennial ranking as a preeminent institution of higher learning within the field of mathematics education,” according to a letter he wrote to the scholarship’s patron, Jinhong Jian.

“My focus is in using gaming to teach mathematics, and Teachers College has some of the top faculty and resources in this area,” Bowen wrote. The scholarship “will enable me to continue to pursue my doctoral journey at TC.”

Jinhong Jian, a former lecturer in mathematics and the founding chairman of the executive board at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS), is involved in a number of international schools and is passionate about 21st century education. Jian established the Nanzhu math foundation in 2009 to fund the Jian Jin Hong Scholarship for academic and community excellence, which offers free tuition for the two years of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at WISS, and contributes substantially to university education after graduation. It was created for students who excel academically as well as contribute to the spirit of their school community.

Bowen, 28, originally from Shenyang in Liaoning Province, came to the U.S. in 2007 to study actuarial science at SUNY Albany. He became a teaching assistant in calculus and developed a strong interest in teaching and for his students, but found that “old-fashioned teaching isn’t drawing their attention that much anymore.”

What students from grade school through adulthood are drawn to, he said, are video games. He became interested in developing digital games for educational use, which landed him at TC and studying game design in the Computing, Communications and Technology in Education program.

The Nanzhu Scholarship was perfect for him, he said. “It is for Chinese international students who speak Mandarin or Cantonese who plan to go back to China and teach.”

The scholarship “not only relieves the financial pressure for me and my family,” Bowen wrote, “but it tells me that I am heading in a good direction toward my education goals, and that there are generous people who believe in me and support me.”

Published Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

Nanzhu Scholar in Math Education Seeks to “Enrich the Lives of Scholars in China”

Bowen Liu, a first-year EdD student in mathematics education, plans to use his education at TC to enhance and enrich the lives of scholars in China and demonstrate to fellow Chinese scholars that “they, too, can have access to a first-class education when they are unyielding, resolute and hardworking.”  As this year’s beneficiary of the Nanzhu Endowed Scholarship Fund, Bowen chose TC “based on its perennial ranking as a preeminent institution of higher learning within the field of mathematics education,” according to a letter he wrote to the scholarship’s patron, Jinhong Jian.

“My focus is in using gaming to teach mathematics, and Teachers College has some of the top faculty and resources in this area,” Bowen wrote. The scholarship “will enable me to continue to pursue my doctoral journey at TC.”

Jinhong Jian, a former lecturer in mathematics and the founding chairman of the executive board at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS), is involved in a number of international schools and is passionate about 21st century education. Jian established the Nanzhu math foundation in 2009 to fund the Jian Jin Hong Scholarship for academic and community excellence, which offers free tuition for the two years of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at WISS, and contributes substantially to university education after graduation. It was created for students who excel academically as well as contribute to the spirit of their school community.

Bowen, 28, originally from Shenyang in Liaoning Province, came to the U.S. in 2007 to study actuarial science at SUNY Albany. He became a teaching assistant in calculus and developed a strong interest in teaching and for his students, but found that “old-fashioned teaching isn’t drawing their attention that much anymore.”

What students from grade school through adulthood are drawn to, he said, are video games. He became interested in developing digital games for educational use, which landed him at TC and studying game design in the Computing, Communications and Technology in Education program.

The Nanzhu Scholarship was perfect for him, he said. “It is for Chinese international students who speak Mandarin or Cantonese who plan to go back to China and teach.”

The scholarship “not only relieves the financial pressure for me and my family,” Bowen wrote, “but it tells me that I am heading in a good direction toward my education goals, and that there are generous people who believe in me and support me.”

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