Schwarzman Scholars

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Schwarzman Scholars, founded by American financier Stephen A. Schwarzman, founder of asset management firm, Blackstone Group, is an international scholarship program announced on April 2013, designed to "educate the next generation of global leaders".[1] The program is intended to launch in June 2016, upon completion of Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University.[2] The college was designed by Robert A.M. Stern, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture and will host 200 elite scholars annually from the US, China and other countries around the world for a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing.[3]


Schwarzman Scholars is designed to help future leaders better understand China and provide them with the firsthand knowledge and relationships necessary to foster collaboration and cooperation between nations. Given that China is poised to become the largest economy in the world within the next decades, Schwarzman believed it was necessary for future leaders to better understand China, its history, culture, economy and motivations. Schwarzman’s stated goal is to help prepare future leaders to interact and relate with greater sensitivity and knowledge. By fostering greater cooperation between the East and West he hopes to forge future geopolitical stability. [4]

Scholars program[edit]

200 scholars will be chosen annually for a one-year Master’s Degree in Public Policy, International Relations, Engineering, Economics & Business. The academic program was developed in consultation with an academic advisory council of individuals from various institutions of higher learning such as Harvard, Yale, American, Duke and Oxford.[5]

Scholars will live in Beijing for a full year of study and cultural immersion, traveling the country, engaging with world leaders and developing a better understanding of China and its people through first hand experiences. Scholars will reside in a residential college, Schwarzman College, built specifically for the program, modeled on those at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Yale.[6]

45% of the participants will come from the U.S., 20% from China and 35% from the rest of the world. [4]

Advisory board [5][edit]

Academic advisory council[edit]

Schwarzman Scholars has an Advisory Board whose members include former leaders in government and affiliates of institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Duke and Oxford.

  • Mary Brown Bullock, Executive Vice Chancellor, Duke Kunshan University
  • Dr. Michael Cappello, Professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology, and Microbial Pathogenesis; Yale Program in International Child Health; Director, Yale World Fellows Program, Yale University
  • Thomas J. Christensen, William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War; Co-Director, China and the World Program (CWP); Faculty Chair, M.P.P Program, Princeton University
  • Jane Edwards, Associate Dean of Yale College, Dean of International and Professional Experience, Yale University
  • Louis W. Goodman, Professor and Emeritus Dean of the School of International Service, American University
  • William C. Kirby, Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration; T.M. Chang Professor of China Studies, Harvard
  • Sir Colin Lucas, Former Vice Chancellor, Oxford University
  • Edward Macias, Provost, Washington University at St. Louis
  • F. Warren McFarlan, Albert H. Gordon Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, Harvard
  • Jean C. Oi, William Haass Professor in Chinese Politics and a Senior Fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University
  • Steve Orlins, President, National Committee on US-China Relations
  • Professor Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, Vice-Rector for Research and Career Development, University of Vienna
  • Dr. Pauline Yu, President, American Council of Learned Societies in New York
  • Xinsheng Zhang, Former Vice Minister of Education. China
  • Dr. Ji Zhou, Former Minister of Education, President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering [4]

Stephen A. Schwarzman[edit]

Stephen A. Schwarzman is Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone Group. He has been involved in all phases of the firm's development since its founding in 1985. The firm is now one of the world’s largest alternative asset managers with $210 billion assets under management, as of December 31, 2012.[7] The firm invests on behalf of 36 million pensioners globally, as well as academic institutions, charitable organizations and governments around the world.

Mr. Schwarzman is an active philanthropist, with a history of supporting education, schools and motivated students.[8]


Located in Beijing, Tsinghua University is one of the foremost institutions in China. Established in 1911, Tsinghua now has more than 25,900 students, including 13,100 undergraduates and 12,800 graduate students. At present, the university has 16 schools and 56 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art. As one of China’s most renowned universities, Tsinghua has become an important institution for fostering talent and scientific research.

Tsinghua’s many notable graduates include: China’s current President, Xi Jinping; the former President Hu Jintao; the former Chairman of the National People's Congress, Wu Bangguo; former Premier, Zhu Rongji; and the former First Vice Premier Huang Ju.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Program". Schwarzman Scholars. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "College". Schwarzman Scholars. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Bradsher, Keith (20 April 2013). "$300 Million Scholarship for Study in China Signals a New Focus". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Schwarzman Scholars". Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Leadership". Schwarzman Scholars. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Tang, Didi (21 April 2013). "Blackstone founder creates $300 million China scholarship". The Washington Post. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Wiliam Alden (April 18, 2013). "Public Offering Values SeaWorld at $2.5 Billion". The New York Times. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ Pogrebin, Robin (11 March 2008). "A $100 Million Donation to the N.Y. Public Library". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 

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