Wednesday 17 August 2022 - 11:37:30 pm

NYU Abu Dhabi student wins prominent Boren Award

ABU DHABI, 17th May, 2020 (WAM) -- NYU Abu Dhabi, NYUAD, Class of 2022 student Cameron John Wehr has been named as a recipient of the prestigious Boren Award, which promotes linguistic and cultural immersion within critical language groups, including Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Swahili.

Wehr is the first student from NYUAD to receive this award and will study Mandarin for one year in Beijing, to gain a deep understanding of both Chinese culture and the nation’s environmental policy, NYUAD said in a statement.

The Boren Awards provide scholarships and fellowships for students committed to entering the US civil service. They provide funding to enable students to intensively study a diverse range of languages, alongside being fully immersed in cultures from regions that are underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Wehr, an American, is majoring in Social Research and Public Policy with a minor in Environmental Studies. He studied in Shanghai for his most recent January Term, NYUAD’s experiential and immersive learning term, which drove him to seek to learn more about Chinese culture and the country’s environmental policy, the University added.

Speaking on the award, Wehr commented, "I chose to attend NYUAD because I truly admire the mission of the University - to cut across national boundaries to create a hub of intercultural exchange and exploration. Although I had been cognizant of China’s increasingly important role as a world leader, my J-Term in Shanghai allowed me to realise a new fascination with the Mandarin language and Chinese culture. Through this experience, I hope to gain a deeper understanding of Mandarin, Chinese culture, and the role of China as a global environmental leader."

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