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Yale University’s Young Global Scholars Program and Qooco leverage mobile technology to reach underserved high school students in Asia through scholarship fund


August 30, 2016


Cirrus Education Inc. (“Qooco”), the provider of Qooco mobile language learning solutions, announces the launch of the Yale Young Global Scholars – Qooco Scholarship, a US$150,000 annual fund that will allow students in Asia to attend the prestigious Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) Program. The scholarship will provide financial help to high school level students who would otherwise lack the financial means to attend the program, covering tuition fees and transportation costs. Additionally, Qooco has offered to provide mobile spoken English language pre-test preparation.
The Yale Young Global Scholars – Qooco Scholarship will provide up to 28 scholarships worth US$150,000 in total per year, to qualified students who attend high school in eight Asian countries: China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Myanmar. The scholarship will allow them to attend the Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) Program, a highly selective, annual summer program offered in partnership with three world-class institutions: Yale Center Beijing, China; Yale–NUS College, Singapore; and Yale University, United States.  YYGS aims to expose students to global challenges at the forefront of science, technology, and international affairs, through rigorous academic learning from Yale professors, alumni, and undergraduate and graduate student mentors. Applicants must be high school sophomores (US Grade 10) or juniors (US Grade 11), or the international equivalent, and demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
“Education is a great leveller, and can transform the fortunes of individuals and families with even the poorest of backgrounds” says David Topolewski, CEO of Qooco, adding “while Asia has seen massive economic growth over the past decade, inequality is also rising in many Asian societies and poor access to education plays a large role in causing this. Talent is spread widely across Asia, with children in villages in China to cities in Thailand and rural areas in Indonesia who are highly capable, but simply lack access to education that would unlock their potential. As such, we aim to provide as many people with the opportunity to apply for the Yale Young Global Scholars – Qooco Scholarship as possible.”
“This is a wonderful gift to the Yale Young Global Scholars Program, and Qooco is such a generous, visionary partner,” said YYGS Executive Director Ted Wittenstein. “Yale University has deep and historic ties to Asia that span more than 170 years and cover nearly every conceivable field of endeavor. YYGS extends that interaction to outstanding high school students from across Asia and around the world. The Yale Young Global Scholars – Qooco Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for the best and brightest young people to be introduced to stellar Yale professors and to further improve their analytical thinking, intellectual creativity, and written and oral communication in preparation for applying to college—irrespective of their ability to pay.”
Qualified students are urged to apply online at http://yygsbeijing.yale.edu, http://globalscholars.yale.edu/apply, and http://yygssingapore.yale.edu/ where more information about the program is also available.

A high level of English language proficiency is vital for YYGS, as students must be able to articulate their thoughts coherently and accurately, as they are expected to conduct sustained, difficult academic work. Qooco’s mobile language learning solutions will be provided to enhance the applicants’ opportunity to develop and demonstrate their English language proficiency.
The Yale Young Global Scholars – Qooco Scholarship is a seven-year partnership sponsored by Cirrus Education Inc. and its group companies operating under the Qooco brand, and shall begin awarding recipients from 2017 onwards. The scholarship shall award financial aid up to 28 students who attend high school in eight Asian countries, with a view to expanding this number over the coming years. Admissions and selection processes will be conducted and administered independently by the Yale Young Global Scholars Program, while Qooco will provide English language proficiency preparation and assessment.
About Qooco
Qooco Kids English uses the power of mobile to improve the spoken English language skills of kids, anytime, anywhere. Available on any mobile device, its proprietary interactive speech recognition and assessment technologies are able to assess speaking and pronunciation, providing instant feedback and improvement, while its gamified, progressive lessons result in faster and more engaging learning. The Online-to-Offline (O2O) teaching method – also called the Flipped Classroom – allows a seamless relationship between the classroom and after-school. Tailored dashboards allow data to be available at the touch of the screen, enabling parents and teachers to monitor performance in real-time. Qooco has affiliations and partnerships with many schools and agencies throughout China, reinforcing the spoken English language skills of thousands of preschool and primary school students.  Parents no longer have to accept mute English from traditional language schools.
For more information, visit http://www.qooco.com.

About the Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) Program
The Yale Young Global Scholars Program is an academic enrichment and leadership training program for talented high school students from around the world. The program features intensive undergraduate-level coursework and interaction with renowned Yale faculty and practitioners in the fields of history, political science, law, international affairs, environmental science, entrepreneurship, and very popular STEM subjects such as engineering and biological sciences. 2016 has seen the largest expansion to date, with YYGS-Beijing, YYGS-Singapore, YYGS-New Haven, and Yale Young African Scholars serving nearly 2000 students from around the world, with sessions offered in six countries.
New to 2016 are the Yale Young Global Scholars-Beijing (YYGS-Beijing) and the Yale Young Global Scholars-Singapore programs (YYGS-Singapore). YYGS works closely with Yale-NUS College in Singapore as its venue and talent partner to design and implement the YYGS-Singapore Program. Both programs provide immersive week-long pre-collegiate experiences to participants and are designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders while giving students a chance to experience vibrant cities in Asia.  Both programs have been designed for outstanding high school students from Asia and around the world to encourage their drive, energy, vision, and potential to make a meaningful impact as young leaders.
YYGS alumni represent all 50 U.S. states and over 110 countries.

For more information on these programs, visit http://globalscholars.yale.edu.