Yenching Global Symposium

For over a century, Peking University has been the foremost domestic academic setting for understanding China. It has facilitated the work of many generations of scholars, in the pursuit of a more nuanced and complete understanding of China in diverse fields like history, science, economics, and literature. Its students have left its halls to spread this understanding, achieving international success and acclaim in commerce, art, academia, and politics.

In 2014, Peking University founded the Yenching Academy, inviting a global cohort of scholars into this unique intellectual environment. Yenching Academy provides a rigorous Master’s program for the multidisciplinary study of China, with the hope of cultivating a new generation of global leaders. The third cohort of 100 Scholars, hailing from over 40 countries, have the opportunity to immerse themselves in China and analyze it from a variety of perspectives. 

The Academy’s flagship event, the Yenching Global Symposium (YGS), is a continuation of this mission. Hosted on the Peking University campus every spring, the three-day event is comprised of engaging lectures, panel discussions, and interactive sessions about China’s impact on the world and the influence that the world has on China. Each year, the Symposium features prominent Chinese and international scholars, along with leading professionals from a wide range of fields. These leaders of today will share their insights with their potential counterparts: 200 students and young professionals from around the world with a noted passion for China in their work and research.

Last year, close to 4000 applications were received, making YGS one of the most competitive academic conferences in Asia. The 80 selected delegates, hailing from 30 countries and speaking 35 languages, joined 125 Yenching Scholars to create a cross-disciplinary gathering of rising global leaders.