Following her nomination for the Education UK Alumni Awards 2016, Yifan said: “I’m very honoured to be a finalist.
“The time I spent at BCU was magical and my education saw me explore new drawing techniques and it also changed the way I think and create stories.
“My life in the UK inspired me to observe real people around me and bring them into my cartoon works, which I am still doing today.”
Yifan graduated from BCU a decade ago and since then the graphic artist has gone on to become one of the bestselling manga comic authors.
The Education UK Alumni Awards celebrate the success of international alumni who have studied at UK universities within the last ten years.
They honour the achievements made by business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders who can show how their UK education helped them make it big.
Jacqueline Jenkins, senior advisor for education engagement at the British Council, which organised the awards, said: “It’s tremendous to see such inspirational stories demonstrating the impact of a UK education on individuals and countries around the world.
“We had hundreds of excellent nominations and it was very difficult to filter it down to the finalists.
“These alumni are an outstanding credit to their universities and hopefully will serve as an inspiration to the next generation of ambitious international students.”
BCU currently has 800 students from China and recent alumni now occupy senior positions in organisations including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Jaguar Land Rover, Kimberly-Clark Professional, Lenovo, Michael Kors and Shanghai Disney Resort
Yifan’s former BCU tutor, Prof Andrew Kulman said: “We enjoyed really fruitful conversations and her resulting work was astounding.
“This is why we do what we do – it is always great to be surprised by new directions and seeing someone reach higher. I wish Yifan well with her successes.”
Chinese winners in the awards will be announced at a ceremony in Beijing on March 19.