Chengyuan graduated from the '2+2' joint program between the Ocean University of China (OUC) and University of Tasmania (UTAS) with First-Class Honors in 2021. During his honors year, he worked on a project 'Fluxes of eddy and wave energy as a source for mixing in the Indonesian Seas'. He has received a PhD scholarship from China Scholarship Council (CSC) to continue his work on mixing in the Indonesian Seas at UTAS.