Newark Public Schools Student Accepted to Prestigious Biomedical Engineering Program at Westlake University, China


Newark, NJ - Andres Maldonado, an 11th-grade student at Newark School of Data Science and Information Technology, recently received acceptance into a prestigious summer pre-college program at Westlake University in Hangzhou, China. This exclusive program only accepts 15 students nationwide, and Andres will study Biomedical Engineering abroad. The program aims to provide high school students worldwide an opportunity to engage academically and culturally with China. Participants can look forward to conducting research in Engineering, Biology, and Chemistry, collaborating with leading global faculty in cutting-edge lab facilities, and taking part in various Chinese-foreign cultural exchange events.

This highly exclusive program, which has drawn students from around the globe, offers substantial financial aid packages. Chosen participants, such as Andres, will only be asked to contribute a nominal fee of $500, which covers all program expenses. This includes tuition, accommodation, international airfare, meals, textbooks, supplies, and any other associated costs.

Upon completion, all participants will receive a program certificate and exceptional students like Andres will be given priority for admission into Westlake undergraduate programs and scholarships. This is an exceptional opportunity for Andres to advance his education and career.

"Every opportunity our students receive to show the world who they are, making that place or organization better. The incredible journey that Andres is about to embark on is a shining example of how Newark Public School students can impact their community and the world." - Superintendent León.

"We continuously witness the students of Newark showcasing their talents on national and global platforms. This stands as a genuine testament to the unwavering commitment of our educators and administrators who wholeheartedly dedicate themselves to the education and preparation of our students." - Hasani Council, Board President.

About Newark Public Schools

The Newark Public Schools is the largest school district in New Jersey and dates back to 1676.  The District currently enrolls over 39,000 students in 63 schools.  After more than two decades of state operation and upon return to local control in 2018, the District has opened nine new schools under Superintendent León’s leadership with an additional portfolio of new options to be announced in the coming months and years. The Newark Board of Education serves as a beacon of educational excellence, dedicated to nurturing the potential of every student. With a commitment to innovation, inclusivity, and fostering a love for learning, the District continues to shape future generations and make a positive impact within the community.

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