Yating Zhao Double PhD Political Sciences May2017Double PhD degree for Yating Zhao (RUC-VUB)

Following a PhD contract between Renmin University of China (RUC) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Yating Zhao submitted her dissertation, and both universities are happy to announce that on the 15 May 2017, Yating Zhao successfully defended her PhD at Renmin University. Her public defense was preceded by an equally successful private defense at VUB in Brussels.

Her dissertation studies the different approaches taken by the EU and China in their development aid policy to Africa. As a result of this successful cooperation between the two universities, and especially because of Yating’s hard work, she receives a PhD in International Relations from Renmin University and a PhD in Political Sciences from VUB.

Yating will continue her career at a research centre in Beijing where she will continue to study China-Africa relations.