The China Scholarship Council has awarded the 2013 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad to Yi Xie. This honor is annually awarded to the outstanding Chinese PhD students abroad with a cash prize of 6000 USD. Yi Xie is one of nine winners from Belgium this year. His promotors are Jeroen Beeckman and Kristiaan Neyts. The Chinese Ambassador to Belgium, Mr. Liao Liqiang, awarded the certificates to the winners on May 18th 2014 in the Chinese Embassy in Brussels.