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Chang Ho Yoon left Fettes in 2006 for Gonville & Caius College (University of Cambridge). We are delighted and proud to report that Chang Ho has received a Fulbright Award to enable him to study at Harvard University on one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world.

As a participant, Chang Ho has been selected to pursue a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Informatics, which will focus on ‘big data’ analysis, computational statistics, data visualisation, and machine learning.

As part of the Fulbright Foreign Student Programme, the Awards provide the only scholarships available to students, academics and other professionals to study, lecture and/or research in any discipline at any accredited US university. The Awards form part of the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s work to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange.

Commenting on receiving the Award, Chang Ho said: “I am ecstatic about the opportunity afforded to me by the Award. As a Fulbright Scholar, I will pursue my interest in using ‘big data’ and artificial intelligence algorithms to decipher and resolve focused healthcare problems. The master’s program slices through the hype of these drivers of a burgeoning medical revolution. I hope to use the knowledge and skills developed during the degree as a springboard for a PhD.”

Chang Ho Yoon is a doctor and budding researcher whose post-graduate career has taken him from London to Auckland, combining internal medicine training with translational research projects. He is particularly interested in the application of ‘big data’ and machine learning to assist both healthcare providers and users alike with diagnostic and therapeutic recommendations. In the fall of 2019, he will pursue a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Informatics at Harvard University thanks to the generous scholarships of the Fulbright Commission, BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust, and the Gavin & Ann Kellaway Medical Research Fellowship.

Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “This cohort of Fulbright grantees will have the opportunity to immerse themselves fully in another culture, work collaboratively and develop lasting transatlantic relationships. In so doing, they will build upon the work of the more than 23,000 alumni of the US-UK Fulbright Programme that have come before them, helping move us closer towards Senator Fulbright’s vision of a peaceful, more prosperous world.”

Chang Ho Yoon was born in Mokpo (South Korea), raised in Edinburgh (Scotland), educated in Cambridge (UK), and currently based in Auckland (New Zealand), Chang Ho proudly embodies elements of Korean, British and Kiwi heritage.

His education at Fettes and at the University of Cambridge were made possible through academic and music scholarships and by a family willing to make sacrifices beyond that which may be reasonably expected. 

Outwith his academic endeavours, he loves playing music, running marathons, swimming, cycling, reading historical fiction, and practising spoken Korean, French and Spanish. He has performed as a professional casual violinist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra on the back of co-leading the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at the BBC Proms and Glastonbury Festival as a university student. More recently, he has participated in the musical social empowerment program Sistema Aotearoa as well as raising money for a paediatric healthcare charity. As a Korean-Scotsman, he has been known to bagpipe and fiddle in ceilidhs.