Two undergraduate students of the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI, JI hereafter) have won the 2024 SJTU Excellent International Graduate awards, according to a recent announcement of SJTU International Student Service Center.

Seungyeon Yang from South Korea and Russell Hii Ching Wei from Malaysia are among the 22 winners selected from all international undergraduate students on SJTU campuses who are expected to graduate this year.

Majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Seungyeon Yang has spent the past four years excelling in her studies and contributing to the vibrant community on the campus. In addition to winning the First Prize of Shanghai Government Scholarship from 2020 to 2024 and the JI John Wu and Jane Sun Scholarship in 2023, she also served as President of the JI International Student Association during 2022-2023.

“I chose to study at JI is because it abides by the philosophy of internationalization, interdisciplinarity, innovation, and quality, and provides students with a wealth of international education options. My academic journey at JI has not been only about grades but about embracing every opportunity to learn, lead, and contribute to the community,” said the South Korean student.

Russell Hii Ching Wei is a Mechanical Engineering major who has been admitted to a JI Global Degree Pathway program pursuing a Master in Medical Engineering degree at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden with a full scholarship. Over the past four years, he has also received numerous awards including the Shanghai Government Scholarship and the JI Yu Liming Scholarship.

“The undergraduate study at JI has laid a strong foundation for my future development. No matter how winding the road ahead may be, I will always carry a heart of gratitude and remember this journey of study in China,” he said.