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It was a different Friday’s evening - as I traveled 20km in busy traffic from Beijing’s CBD area (Chaoyang) to its Silicon Valley (Zhongguancun). This time I did not come for any business dinner rather I came for the start of Stanford Ignite program, a mini-MBA for entrepreneurs, at Peking University (PKU).
A group of 8 Stanford graduate and undergraduate students entered the gates of SCPKU on September 21st. They are participating in the inaugural fall quarter of China Studies in Beijing, an overseas, pilot program being offered by the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies in partnership with Peking University. Jay Gonzalez, a Stanford junior, already described his experience as “life-changing” – “exactly what I dreamed of and more.”
A matrix with m rows and n columns looks like a rectangle filled with tiny boxes: m times n boxes, to be exact. But after visiting the Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU) for three months, my mental matrix of the world looked more like a weird trapezoid. New acquaintances added rows and their unique perspectives added columns. My brain drew lines from geography to economics to politics, but the lines were on crumpled paper. Ah and don't forget history. So multiply the rectangle by time t and out comes a 3D trapezoid.
SCPKU on March 23 hosted a lecture and discussion on “President Trump: The Future of US Foreign Policy and America’s Role in the World” featuring Anja Manuel, co-founder and partner of the US-based international consulting firm RiceHadleyGates LLC, lecturer in Stanford’s International Policy Studies Program, and author.
As a recipient of a Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU) Team Innovation Faculty Fellowship, Judith Prochaska, an associate professor of medicine, and her colleagues from the Stanford Prevention Research Center, had an opportunity to teach a graduate seminar in Beijing in summer of 2016. In addition to teaching, the fellowship allowed her to connect with in-country scholars and explore new research opportunities.
SCPKU World Leaders Forum features Mike McFaul, panelists exchange views on US-Asia Pacific future relations
The Lee Shau Kee World Leaders Forum on “US and the Asia Pacific” was held on November 13th, 2017. This event that brought 250 participants to the Center also marked the 5th anniversary of the Stanford Center at Peking University’s (SCPKU) anniversary and 10th anniversary of the Stanford China Program. Professor Michael McFaul, Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, opened the forum with a stimulating keynote address on “The Historical Origins and Contemporary Consequences of President Trump’s Worldview.”
In partnership with Global Engineering Programs at Stanford's School of Engineering (SOE) and Stanford's Office of International Affairs, SCPKU helped connect SOE students with energy-related service learning opportunities at Shan Shui Conservation Center, a giant panda habitat in northern China.
On July 21, SCPKU was the site of a seminar entitled “Medical Big Data Application Assessment and Safeguards.” Co-sponsored by the Chinese Health Information Association (CHIA) and the China National Health Development Research Center of the People’s Republic of China (NHDRC), this event was the group’s second seminar focused on this topic which gathered over 80 participants.
Alluding to the famous dictum by China’s late leader, Deng Xiaoping, Min Weifang, the executive president of Chinese Society for Education Development Strategies and professor at Peking University (PKU), China, noted that the “water has become very deep, it is difficult to touch the stones [to cross the river].” Min’s comments came at the end of a conference titled “Building World-Class Universities: An Institutional Perspective,” and they specifically referred to the challenges facing Chinese institutions of higher learning.
Last month, Admiral Scott H. Swift, the commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, spoke to an audience at the Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU) and at Stanford via their linked Highly Immersive Classrooms (HIC). Against the backdrop of increasing tensions and hostility in the South China Sea, Swift stressed the importance of building a trust-based relationship between China and the United States. Stanford professor Jean Oi opened the roundtable by introducing Swift at SCPKU while Karl Eikenberry, director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative and former U.S.
A new course jointly taught by Stanford and Peking University brought together students and scholars in China and the United States in dialogue using videoconferencing.
Each week during the past spring quarter, students at Stanford and Peking University (PKU) gathered in a classroom to learn, just as they would for any other course. The only difference was these students were neither in the same classroom nor on the same continent.
On the heels of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, scholars, members of think tanks and former U.S. and Chinese government officials came to Beijing to discuss what many participants considered “the most important bilateral relationship” in the world: the relationship between the United States and China. As former U.S.