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Northern NJ man among 32 new Rhodes Scholars

Associated Press Published: November 18, 2012

"Research needs to be done in this area so we can learn how to do things better and how we can really inspire students," Yao said.

He also hopes to do some traveling while overseas. One trip he wants to make is to Finland, so he can learn about how their highly recognized educational system operates.

"I would love to visit some (primary) schools there, see how they operate and how the students learn, and learn how we can use that information to improve our education system" he said.

The Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes and have a value of about $50,000 per year. The American students will join an international group of scholars selected from 14 other jurisdictions around the world. About 80 scholars are selected each year.