A 2015 UNC graduate who majored in health policy and management and mathematical decision sciences, Min Yang, is one of 142 recipients worldwide for the Schwarzman Scholars program.

The Schwarzman Scholars program, founded by Blackstone co-founder and CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman, is an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship and given to support those accepted into the one-year master’s degree program at Tsinghua University, a prestigious Chinese university.

“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.”

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

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

“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.”
Yang, 25, is originally from Shunde, Guangdong Province, China and is the fifth Schwarzman Scholar from UNC since the program began in 2016.

The scholarship aims to bridge the academic and professional worlds to educate students about leadership and China’s expanding role in the world through high-level interactions at lectures, an internship program, a mentor-ship network and intensive travel seminars.