Date
20 August 2017
Shaolin monk Shi Yanzheng (inset) will begin a doctorate course in the University of Hong Kong in September. Photos: HKU, Apple Daily
Shaolin monk Shi Yanzheng (inset) will begin a doctorate course in the University of Hong Kong in September. Photos: HKU, Apple Daily

Shaolin monk gets HKU doctorate invite

A Shaolin monk has been offered a place in the doctorate program of the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

Shi Yanzheng, 29, from a Shaolin monastery in Hunan province, is expected to begin the course on Sept. 1, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

Already, he has earned a Hong Kong master’s degree and an undergraduate diploma from a Singapore Buddhist college where he studied psychology, sociology, philosophy and management.

And it turns out HKU is not the only university to have offered him a doctorate course. Similar offers came from the University of Sydney and the University of Birmingham.

There are at least 50 monks from the Shaolin monastery studying in the United States, Britain, Japan and Singapore, and having a doctorate degree is not a big deal, he was quoted as saying.

In fact, Shi already has a master’s degree from HKU which he completed with distinction, Metro Daily quoted a university spokesman as saying.

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