Bridging the West and the Rest: New
Internationalization Strategy of Tsinghua
Kejin ZHAO
Tsinghua University
 Introduction
 MIR: Master Program in IR
 Ph.D program in Developing Countries
 Schwarzman Scholars program
 Dual Master Degree program with SAIS
 Joint Center of Global Policy with Carnegie
 Future Plan
Tsinghua University is a research university located
in Beijing, China, and one of the nine members in
the C9 League. It has been consistently regarded by
both domestic and international university rankings as,
alongside Peking University, the top higher learning
institution in mainland China.
From the beginning, Tsinghua is an internationalized
preparatory school for students sent by the government
to study in the United States. From 1905 to 1925, The
faculty members were recruited from the United States
and its graduates transferred directly to American
schools as juniors upon graduation.
In 1952, the Chinese government regrouped the country's
higher education institutions in an attempt to build
a Soviet style system, with individual institutions tending
to specialize in a certain field of study.
Since the 1980s, the open-up policy has marked the
beginning of re-internationalization of Tsinghua. and
cultural exchange among students and scholars became
vital component of the University.
In the middle of 1990s, former president of Tsinghua,
Professor Wang Dazhong, put forward a new vision of
Tsinghua aimed at establishing a comprehensive, research
oriented and open university. The open university means
openness to the society and international community.
So, Tsinghua has built friendly relationship with more
than 200 universities from more than 60 counties and
regions. Lots of joint research and dual degree programs
have been initiated such as Tsinghua-Brookings Center,
Tsinghua-Carnegie Center and Double Master degree
with SAIS from 2015.
From 2013, the new president, Mr. Chen Jining, is
promoting new internationalization strategy of which
highlight bridge the west universities and universities in
emerging economies and developing countries. So, more
and more new program has been initiated.
MIR: Master Program in IR
 Announced in 2011, The program aims to provide international
students with solid training on fundamental international theories
and modern methods, deepen their understanding on Chinese
classic and modern thoughts on international relations and
enhance their capabilities to apply the basic international theories
and Chinese approaches to the analysis of the international issues
and foreign affairs.
 The program is designed to be completed in two years of fulltime study, including completion of the course curriculum and
the Master thesis. Each year, we give 35 offers to the applicants.
Now, there are more than 100 graduated students from more than
40 countries.
Ph.D program in Developing Countries
 Announced in 2012, Tsinghua initiated Ph. D program in
developing country studies. The program open to Chinese
undergraduate students and post graduate students who have
strong mission to study developing countries in coming decades.
 The program is 4-6 years program. The students who get offer
will finish the main courses at Tsinghua in the first year. Then,
they will be sent to studies at west universities for another year.
During their stay at west universities, they can establish strong
academic communities on specific developing country studies.
With strong academic background, they are required to conduct
field works as exchange students in developing country for Ph.D
dissertation drafting. At last, they will attend the defense in
Tsinghua University and win the diploma from Tsinghua.
 Now, there are 24 students studied at Tsinghua and abroad in the
Schwarzman Scholars program
 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". The program is intended to launch in June 2015, upon
completion of Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University.
 The Schwarzman Scholars program will consist of 200 scholars
to be chosen annually to work towards a one-year Master’s
Degree in Public Policy, International Relations, Engineering,
Economics & Business.
 These scholars will live on the university campus at Schwarzman
College, a residential college being built specifically for this
program. 45% of the participants will come from the U.S., 20%
from China and 35% from the rest of the world.
Advisory board
Nicolas Sarkozy, Former President of the French
Anthony “Tony” Blair, Former Prime Minister of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland
Brian Mulroney, Former Prime Minister of Canada
Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia
Henry Kissinger, 56th United States Secretary of State
Colin Powell, 65th United States Secretary of State
Henry “Hank” Paulson, 74th United States Secretary of the
John L. Thornton, Chairman of the Brookings Institute
Sir James “Jim” Wolfensohn, 9th President of the World Bank
Robert “Bob” Rubin, 70th United States Secretary of the
Treasury, Co-Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations
Condoleezza Rice, 66th United States Secretary of State
Advisory board
Richard “Rick” Levin, former President of Yale University
Richard Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
Richard Brodhead, President, Duke University
Yo-Yo Ma, the American cellist (Honorary)
Iain Conn, Chief Executive, Refining and Marketing, British
Chen Ning Yang, Albert Einstein Professor Emeritus, Nobel
Laureate in Physics
Tung Chee Hwa"CH Tung," Former Chief Executive and
President of the Executive Council of Hong Kong and current
Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's
Politics Consultative Conferenc
Dual Master Degree program with SAIS
 The Tsinghua University – Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced
International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University Dual Degree
Master’s Program is the first dual degree master’s program focused on
global politics and economics run cooperatively by Chinese and U.S.
institutions of higher education.
 As an opportunity for students to develop a sophisticated
understanding of international affairs and law, the curriculum
emphasizes interdisciplinary breadth, a solid foundation in economics,
and rigorous understanding of key world regions.
 After graduation, students will be familiar with Sino-U.S. political and
economic systems, gain in-depth knowledge of various parts of the
world, and grasp advanced analytical techniques.
 They will be prepared to actively participate in global governance,
while at the same time contributing significantly towards China’s
Joint Center of Global Policy with Carnegie
The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center, a joint center set up by Tsinghua
University and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,
brings together the world’s top scholars and experts from China,
the United States, and the international community for
collaborative research with an aim toward identifying effective
and constructive solutions to common global challenges and
issues of today.
The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy draws on
the successful experience of Carnegie’s Moscow Center,
established in 1994, and follows the launch of its
operations in Beirut and Brussels.
The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center is also part of Carnegie’s
well-established Asia Program, which provides clear and
precise analysis to policy makers on the complex
economic, security, and political developments in the AsiaPacific region. An Advisory Council composed of
distinguished leaders from the policy, business, and
academic communities in China provides the Carnegie–
Tsinghua Center with advice and support.
Future Plan
 Summer
school with SAIS in 2015;
 BRICS University League Partnership
with other universities;
 Research Network in BRICS Studies;
 Exchange program of students and
on global politics and
economy(10 open courses)
Thanks for your attentions
December 6, 2014