The "Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University" program is the most important leadership training program since the Rhodes Scholarship, which also focuses on leadership, was set up in 1902. This program aims to gather the world's most brilliant young people to discuss and understand China's peaceful development and rise.

  • Background

    The program provides a one-year graduate education for excellent graduates from the world's top universities. This is a good opportunity for students to understand and get familiar with brilliant young people from various countries, preparing themselves to become leaders with global vision and capabilities of harnessing global competition.
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  • Core Idea

    The program sticks to the principle of "standing in China and facing the world". It studies universal challenges to global development from China's perspective against a globalized backdrop. The program centers on improving leadership, cultivating critical thinking, providing a unique opportunity of viewing China from all angles, and enhancing global vision.
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  • Objective

    The objective of the program is to train future leaders that have global vision, solid comprehensive capabilities, and strong leadership to facilitate human civilization and progress as well as peace and development. The program will promote dialog and understanding between China and other countries, benefiting global cooperation, competition, and stability.
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  • Contents

    There are three specialties in the programs, and students are required to study full time for one year. The program publicly hired 10 chair professors on one-year contracts. Candidates were internationally eminent scholars or global top experts in various industries. Chair professors also work as supervisors of students.
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  • Groundbreaking Partners

    Groundbreaking partners refer to donors that have contributed 25 million US dollars or more to the program. They are the highest-level supporters of the program. These donations are used for the program's most distinctive, eye-catching, and heavily utilized physical spaces, including the student forum, library, dining hall, auditorium, and international conference center.
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  • Founding Partners

    Founding partners refer to donors that have donated 10 million US dollars or more to the program. These donations are vital for the program and are used for heavily utilized spaces within buildings, like student dormitories, the front courtyard, the inner courtyard, and discussion rooms.
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International Advisory Committee

The program has an international advisory committee made up of international experts on politics, economics, social studies, science, and art, for example, Tony Blair (former British Prime Minister), Nicolas Sarkozy (former French President), Henry Kissinger (former US Secretary of State), and Chen Ning Yang (Nobel physics laureate).
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International Academic Board

The program has an International Academic Board made up of global experts on education, including Sir Colin Lucas (former Chancellor of the University of Oxford), William C. Kirby (Director of Fairbank Center for China Studies at Harvard University, former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University,
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Program Profile

Launch Ceremony

On the afternoon of April 21, 2013, the launch ceremony for the "Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University" program was held in the Great Hall of the People. Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Obama sent their respective congratulation letters. Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong attended and spoke at the ceremony.

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Wishes from All Over the World

Universities are obliged to play a more important role in shaping future international relations and furthering human civilization.

President of Tsinghua University Chen Jining

Leveraging the world-class resources and talented people at Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious universities, the program will bring together an exceptional group of students who, we hope, will one day have the power to change the course of history.

Chairman of the Blackstone Group Stephen Schwarzman

The program has brand-new standards for admissions, training, and scholarships, which make it comparable to traditional programs like Rhodes, Gates, and Fulbright. It is poised to be one of the most globally influential education programs on leadership.

Director of the Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University David Daokui Li