The Study UK Alumni Awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements made by international alumni of a UK higher education. Award recipients are leaders in their respective fields, be it as entrepreneurs, professionals or social change makers. All of them will have used their UK education to bring positive change to their communities, industries and countries. 

On 25 November, the British Council announced the recipients of the Study UK Alumni Awards 2017-18 in China, at an awarding ceremony in Beijing. In total, four UK alumni in China were recognised for their outstanding achievements as business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and for their important contribution to strengthening collaborative ties between the UK and China.

The award recipient for the Professional Achievement Award went to Professor Ji Jiafu. The Social Impact Award was presented to Ni Huan, and Lu Gang received the Entrepreneurial Award. This year, China’s Spirit of Youth Award was awarded to Zhao Jing.

Since the awarding ceremony in China, Professor Ji Jiafu and Dr Lu Gang won the East Asia regional Alumni Awards in their respective categories.

 2017-18 Alumni Awards finalists

Social Impact Award

The Social Impact Award acknowledges alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving lives.

2017-18 Social Impact Award finalists

Professional Achievement Award

This award recognises alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the highest level of integrity and character in their professional career.

2017-18 Professional Achievement Award finalists


Entrepreneurial Award

This award recognises alumni who are active in initiating, or contributing to, innovative new ideas or business opportunities with strong growth prospects.

2017-18 Entrepreneurial Award finalists


Spirit of Youth Award

The Spirit of Youth award recognises a significant and unique contribution from a UK alumnus to UK-China collaboration across the campaign’s pillars of education, culture and creative industries, sport, science and innovation, health and tourism.

Spirit of Youth Award finalists