On September 6, the Guangdong Province Department of Education announced the 2016 Guangdong Province High University Pearl River Scholars Program job disciplines (professional) and the list of candidates for the appointment. After the school's recommendation, the expert reviews and the list of publicity, Professor Yang Zihui from Lingnan College of Sun Yat-sen University was appointed as the "Pearl River Youth Scholar."

        It is reported that the Guangdong Province Department of Education started to implement the "Guangdong Province Academic Professor Positions Program" in 1999, which aims to conduct Guangdong’s strategy of science and education, cultivating a couple of international and domestic advanced academic leaders, promoting the disciplines to develop quickly. In order to meet the new situation and new requirements for high-level personnel, the program was renamed "Guangdong Pearl River Scholar Colleges jobs program" in 2009, and the "Pearl River in Guangdong Province Higher Education Scholars Program Post Implementation Measures" was also introduced. From 2016, the Pearl River in Guangdong Colleges Scholars program started up Pearl River Youth Scholar Pearl appointment type based on the Pearl River Scholar Professor and the Pearl River Scholar Lecture Professor appointment. The Pearl River Youth Scholars’duration of employment is three years.

   By 2016, After the school recommendation, expert reviews, the list of publicity and other numerous tests, the Guangdong Department of Education decided to set up the Pearl River Scholar positions at 72 disciplines in 21 university including Sun Yat-sen University. Kuang Dongming and other 28 people were appointed as Pearl River scholar Professor. Liu Bing and other 18 people were appointed as Pearl River Scholar Professor, while Deng Kai and other 40 people were appointed as Pearl River Youth Scholar. Pearl scholar positions were set up at the Guangdong College of Industry and other seven vocational colleges involving 8 disciplines. Deng Maocheng and other four other people were appointed as Pearl River Scholar Professor. Liu Chun and two other persons were appointed as Pearl River Scholar Lecture Professor. Yuan Bo and other three persons were appointed as Pearl River Youth Scholar.