Mission Statement

  • Designed to inspire the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the most significant program of its kind since the Rhodes Trust was founded in 1902.
  • The 200 scholars chosen annually for this highly selective program will work towards a Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing—one of China’s most prestigious universities. As individuals who want to have a positive impact on the world, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Scholars will be selected based on their academic credentials, extracurricular interests and leadership potential.
    During their stay, students will be given access to a privileged range of cultural and academic experiences, from travel to all corners of China to exchanges with global leaders and mentorship with experts in their chosen discipline. They will also spend their year immersed in the local economy and social life, for example: before classes begin, a summer orientation will provide opportunities to learn Chinese, explore Beijing and meet fellow students and faculty.


Wang YouqiangDean, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University

Professor Wang Youqiang received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Ohio University in 1989 and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1997. He taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1997 through 2002 and then became a faculty member of the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, where he had served as Assistant, Associate and later Executive Associate Dean and Party Secretary until 2010. He also worked in the municipal administration of Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province, from 2010 through 2012. Currently he is the director of China Center for Public Leadership, and the deputy director of China Institute of Development Planning.

Professor Wang is the co-lead professor for the leadership course at Schwarzman College. His teaching and research interests are in public economics, public management and leadership, as well as in urban development policy, with a particular focus on issues of planning, industry, finance, human/social services, and sustainability.

Professor Wang has published a number of articles in international academic journals in economics and public administration, including the American Economic Review, the Public Administration Review, the China Quarterly, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Economic Theory, Economics Letter, Journal of Public Economic Theory, and German Economic Review.  He has been working on numerous research projects for a broad array of government organizations at the levels of the central government, province, city and county.

David Q. PanExecutive Dean, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University

David Qingzhong Pan is Executive Dean of Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, where he not only oversees all daily operations of the program, but is also responsible for organizing an innovative course that will invite industry leaders to have intimate interactions with students.

David's career has crossed over entrepreneurship and academics. He worked in four companies in the IT industry (1994-2014), serving as an Engineer, Director of R&D, VP, CEO and Chairman. He co-founded the company and led it to be publically listed. He was granted various awards for scientific and technological innovation in China.

From 2004 to 2014, he returned to Tsinghua and served as Director of the Development Office of the School of Economics and Management (SEM). He was in charge of activities of SEM's Advisory Board, which consists of top executives of the world's largest corporations and top Chinese government officials. He also has taught courses at Tsinghua University including Managerial Economics, Corporate Governance, FDI and MIS, and has conducted research in the areas of corporate governance, corporate development, and Chinese economic history.

David received a BE in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Tsinghua University in 1985. He then studied a Master's in Economics and Ph.D. in Finance (1985-1990) at Tsinghua SEM, before earning a Master of Science from Stanford University (1993). He is appointed as the "Jingshi Distinguished Professor".

Jason Wenhao ChengAssociate Dean, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University

Jason Wenhao Cheng is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University. As the founding Director of Tsinghua’s Anti-Corruption and Governance Research Center, his research covers important subjects such as public governance, government reforms and corruption prevention. He was member of the China Supervision Society, Supervision Committee of the Beijing Olympic Games, and the Young Leaders Forum organized by the National Committee on United States-China Relations. He won championships in the Young Faculty Teaching Contests of both Tsinghua University and Beijing. Professor Cheng received his bachelor’s degree in International Politics from Peking University in 1996 and his doctoral degree in Political Science from Yale University in 2002. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 2003.

Melanie KoendermanAssociate Dean,Student Life,Schwarzman College, Tsingahua University

Melanie Koenderman, Schwarzman Scholars Associate Dean for Student Life, has spent over twenty years blending her interests in education, student development, and internationalization into a varied career. For the nine years prior to joining the Schwarzman Scholars program for its inaugural year, Melanie helped to launch Canada’s first independent liberal arts and sciences university, Quest University Canada in British Columbia, as the founding Dean of Students and Vice-President. She previously brought her interest in education to her time spent as a Canadian diplomat, working on foreign student policies and programs with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and representing Canada during postings to embassies in India, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. She previously managed student residences, international student services, and English language programs at various universities and secondary schools in Canada and abroad. Melanie studied literature at McMaster University, earned a teaching degree at the University of Ottawa, and completed a Master of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Founding Dean

David Daokui Li

David D. Li is the Mansfield Freeman Chair Professor of Economics, Director of Center for China in the World Economy (CCWE), and the founding Dean of the Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University, which is a fellowship program with a master’s degree curriculum. The program's objective is to bring future global leaders to Tsinghua as a way to bridge the gap between China and the rest of the world.

As a leading Chinese economist, Professor Li is active in policy advising and discussions. He served on China’s Monetary Policy Committee and was an external advisor to the International Monetary Fund. He is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee (CPPCC) and a member of Sino-German Economic Advisory Council. He’s also a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum based in Switzerland.

Professor Li holds a B.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Tsinghua University and Harvard University, respectively.

Advisory Council

Academic Advisory Council

Schwarzman College

Schwarzman College


Located at the main entrance to the building, and modeled on the forum at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Forum will provide a light-filled double-height space in which students can read, study, or congregate in small informal groups. The Forum and its balconies are sized to accommodate large-scale gatherings for lively interactions with distinguished visitors.

2 . Library

The library will offer large communal study tables, smaller tables for group or individual study, and a variety of comfortable seating. A help desk will be staffed with e-librarians who will assist in electronic research, journal access, and tech support. The library has windows on three sides providing views to the south, to the east, and north into the entrance courtyard.

3 . Dining Hall

The dining hall is the main communal space where the Schwarzman Scholars and faculty will take their meals. Like the library, the dining hall is surrounded by windows on three sides—north, east and south—with views out to the entrance courtyard. The wood-paneled room will provide a series of semi-private alcoves as well as a private dining room at its eastern end. The main room and private dining room together seat 125 people. The adjacent servery will offer both Chinese and Western Cuisine, and will also prepare food for the International Conference Center and late-night Pub at the lower levels.

4 . Sunken Courtyard

The sunken courtyard is the physical center of the Schwarzman College building. Located one level below the street entrance, the courtyard will bring natural light and a sense of the outdoors to the below-grade academic spaces and provide a central outdoor gathering place adjacent to the classrooms and the conference center. At the ground floor, the courtyard will be wrapped by a covered terrace and pergola that recalls traditional Chinese construction.

5 . Auditorium

The 230-seat auditorium is the venue for lectures and audiovisual presentations that bring together the entire Schwarzman College community. Outfitted with state-of-the-art digital, audiovisual, and wireless technology, it can be configured for a variety of programs.

6 . International Conference Center

The versatile conference center is designed to accommodate lectures, symposia, cultural performances, banquets, and other social gatherings. Furniture and presentation equipment can be easily stowed to clear the space for large-scale events; the large space will be divisible into three rooms for smaller events.

7 . Student Residences

Private student rooms are organized in groups of 8 with a single common lounge, on the model of the executive education residences at the Harvard Business School. These student suites will facilitate close relationships among small groups of Scholars who will have a place away from the activity of the College's larger gathering places to socialize and to work on the group projects that are at the heart of the Schwarzman College curriculum.

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Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, Haidian District, Beijing 100084, P.R. China