First PhD for China scholarship program

23 February 2011

A student funded through the University of Sydney's China Scholarship Council PhD program is the first to graduate with a PhD from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Qiu Hong Feng is also only the second student overall at the University of Sydney to graduate with a PhD under the University's China Scholarship Council Postgraduate Research program. The first was a student from the Faculty of Medicine who graduated in 2009.

Qiu's thesis was supervised by Associate Professor Anne Dunn and Dr Steven Maras at the Department of Media and Communications.

Associate Professor Dunn congratulated him on his effort, "Qiu Hong Feng, known to us as John, worked extremely hard to produce an original thesis on convergent media that will stimulate the thinking of other scholars working in the sociology and political economy fields," she said.

"John began his relationship with the Department of Media and Communications as a Master of Media Practice student, which makes his relationship with the Department very special and very long!"

Qiu is a member of staff at the Zhejiang University of Media and Communications, but suspended his duties to pursue a PhD with the University of Sydney.

Qiu's thesis is on media convergence in America and the United Kingdom. It includes a discussion of the significance of television convergence for social democracy, digital inclusion and cultural diversity, as well as for the prospects of broadcasting networks operating within liberal democratic systems.

The China Scholarship Council Postgraduate Research Studentship Scheme was established in 2005. Currently 10 postgraduate students are enrolled in the scheme at the University of Sydney.

This year up to 11 new Postgraduate Research Studentships will be offered.

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