|[March 11, 2014]
Schwarzman Scholars Names Former Harvard Kennedy School Administrator as Associate Dean of Student Life
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--
Schwarzman Scholars today announced that long-time Kennedy School
administrator Julian Chang has been appointed Associate Dean of Student
Life. Inspired by the prestigious Rhodes scholarship, Schwarzman
Scholars is designed to educate future world leaders about China. 200
elite students from around the world will spend a postgraduate year
studying at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China's most
prestigious academic institutions. As part of that experience, they will
gain unrivaled exposure to China through mentorship opportunities,
cultural immersion, extensive travel and access to distinguished
visitors. Mr. Chang joins Schwarzman Scholars to develop and oversee
these unique co-curricular elements of the program.
Stephen A. Schwarzman, the program's founder, said, "Julian's wealth of
academic and administrative experience makes him an incredible asset as
we continue to build out our team and develop this spectacular program.
The extensive extracurricular programming is a core part of the program,
giving students an unparalleled opportunity to learn first-hand about
China, its people, culture, history and motivations."
Chang joins Schwarzman Scholars from the Harvard Kennedy School of
Government's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, where
he served as the Executive Director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute
for Asia. During his tenure at the Kennedy School, Chang co-founded the
annual "China Goes Global conference and led an international team
studying the investment activity of Chinese enterprises.
As Associate Dean of Student Life for Schwarzman Scholars, Chang will be
based in Beijing, living and working at Schwarzman College, the academic
and residential college being built for the program, which is inspired
by the residential colleges at Harvard, Yale, Oxford and Cambridge.
Chang will report jointly to the Executive Director of the Stephen A.
Schwarzman Education Foundation in New York City and to the Schwarzman
Scholars Dean, David Daokui Li. Chang will aid in the oversight,
development, management, administration, and implementation of the full
program, with a specific emphasis on and responsibility for programmatic
elements and issues related to student life.
Julian Chang said, "I could not be more excited to join Schwarzman
Scholars as we plan for this unprecedented student opportunity to gain
knowledge of China and build relationships with talented and ambitious
peers. I especially look forward to my work ahead with Dean Li and our
partners at Tsinghua, whose crucial support in this endeavor cannot be
Prior to joining Harvard in 2001, Chang served as the Assistant Director
of the Center for East Asian Studies and Deputy Director of the Asia
Pacific Research Center at Stanford. He received his Ph.D. in political
science from Harvard University and his B.A. from Yale University.
About Schwarzman Scholars:
Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, which was
founded in 1902 to promote international understanding and peace, and is
designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond.
Blackstone Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman personally contributed $100
million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an
additional $200 million from private sources to endow the program in
perpetuity. The endowment will support 200 scholars annually from the
U.S., China and around the world for a one-year Master's Degree program
at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China's most prestigious
universities and an indispensable base for the country's scientific and
technological research. Scholars chosen for this highly selective
program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion,
attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of
China. Admissions will open in the fall of 2015, with the first class of
students in residence by the summer of 2016. Learn more at www.schwarzmanscholars.org
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