Schwarzman Scholars is a program designed to help future leaders meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing them to better understand China’s culture, economy, governance and emerging global role. 100 Scholars chosen from around the world for this highly selective, fully-funded program will live together in Beijing for a year of study and be afforded an unparalleled opportunity for cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling and developing first-hand exposure to China and its people. In coming years, the size of each annual cohort will grow to 200. Scholars will study for a one-year Masters in Global Affairs, with options to concentrate on economics and business, public policy, or international relations, at Tsinghua University. Tsinghua is one of China’s most prestigious institutes of higher education and has a hundred year history of strengthening ties between China and the rest of the world. Its alumni include leaders like President Xi Jinping, former President Hu Jintao, former Premier Zhu Rongji and current Vice Premier Liu Yandong. Consistently ranked among the top academic institutions in Asia, with international partnerships with the top universities of the world, Tsinghua is an ideal partner for Schwarzman Scholars.
The program also provides Scholars with unrivaled opportunities to learn from leaders in China and around the world through high-level interactions at lectures, practical training, a network of mentors, and intensive travel seminars around the country.
Background on the Founder
Chairman, CEO and Co-founder of Blackstone, Stephen A. Schwarzman founded the Schwarzman Scholars program in order to give the most talented future leaders the power to change the course of history. An active philanthropist with a focus on education, Mr. Schwarzman has personally donated $100 million to this effort and is leading a campaign to raise $350 million more to fully endow the program—the single largest charitable effort in China's history coming from largely international donors. In both business and education, Mr. Schwarzman has dedicated his career to developing transformative solutions to some of the world’s great challenges. His charitable giving has included anchor support for the New York Public Library, the establishment of the Schwarzman Center at Yale University, and sponsoring educational opportunity through the Inner-City Scholarship Fund.
Career, Internships, and Professional Development
Schwarzman Scholars will have access to a career services office providing a wide array of support for students planning their professional careers. Services will include a database of job postings, including some specifically for Schwarzman Scholars. Individual and group sessions on interviewing skills and other topics will be offered throughout the year. Support for students planning to apply for further graduate level study will also be available. Additionally, Schwarzman Scholars career services will collaborate with other graduate programs at Tsinghua and other academic institutions in Beijing for shared resources and events such as employer recruiting fairs.
Another important part of the learning and professional development experience for Schwarzman Scholars will be the “practical training” component, similar to an internship. Scholars will complete practical training projects related to their academic and professional interests, working in some of the top business, government or non-profit organizations in Beijing. The standard model for practical training projects will be small student teams, working under faculty supervision, to complete a deliverable solution for a client. With faculty approval of the academic content of the work, students can also complete this requirement working individually in a business, government or other office.
Specific practical training projects for each cohort will be announced during the academic year, near the start of the spring semester. Conversations with leading institutions in Beijing are already underway, and several key Chinese and global organizations have already agreed to serve as partners.
A global network of active alumni is central to the long-term vision of Schwarzman Scholars. Alumni services will support a dynamic program of activities, online forums and online networking. As the alumni population grows, programming may take place in major global cities where clusters of Schwarzman Scholars alumni live. Alumni programming will be coordinated by Schwarzman Scholars staff, but will be designed and driven by the alumni themselves. Soon after arrival in Beijing, a working group of Scholars will be convened to begin discussions on alumni programming.
Health and Safety
The scholarship will include both a basic insurance plan required for all international students at Tsinghua and an insurance supplement that meets global standards. The insurance plan will cover access to English-speaking doctors near the university and the program’s insurance plans will cover Medvac to the student’s home country in the unlikely event of an emergency.
Although air filtration will ensure safety and comfort inside the College, dealing with Beijing’s air quality will be part of learning how to live and work in China. Some residents of the city wear air masks when pollution levels peak, and all students will be provided with air masks should they wish to use them. Students with specific respiratory ailments should discuss any health concerns with their physician before traveling to Beijing.
Tsinghua University is located in Beijing, a busy and crowded city. Students should take the same precautions they would observe in any other major city. It is safe for students to travel alone and both public transportation and taxis are reliable.
The scholarship program covers travel to and from Beijing and a number of trips within China that are directly related to the program as described below. Tsinghua University has a long tradition of hosting international students and in cooperation with the Schwarzman Scholars office in New York will assist students with the paperwork to apply for entry permits and student visas.
Beyond daily life in Beijing, Schwarzman Scholars will travel throughout China on program-sponsored study tours to explore themes related to their academic concentrations and professional interests. Led by faculty and local guides, students will immerse themselves in different regions, where they will meet with government, business and social leaders. These trips will enable students to develop a more intimate understanding of the many opportunities and challenges stemming from China’s development and its role in the world.
Staying in Contact
Families can contact the Scholars directly via phone or email, and Schwarzman Scholars staff will also be available if needed. Schwarzman College will be staffed 24 hours a day with English and Chinese-speaking resident assistants and building staff trained to respond to student needs.
Schwarzman Scholars are expected to remain in residence with the exception travel during weekends and breaks. Breaks between semesters are brief and we do not anticipate that students will return home during those breaks. The only extended break during the academic year is the Chinese New Year, and we anticipate that our Scholars will stay in country to experience this exciting time.
The extraordinary students selected to become Schwarzman Scholars will receive a comprehensive scholarship. It will include:
- Tuition Fees
- Room and board
- Travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year
- An in-country study tour
- Required course books and supplies
- Lenovo laptop and smartphone
- Health insurance that meets global standards and provides access to English (and Chinese) speaking medical facilities nearby
- A personal stipend of $3,500