Mission Statement

    • Designed to prepare young leaders to serve as a bridge between China and the rest of the world, 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 and demonstrated leadership accomplishments.
      During their stay, students will be given access a privileged range of cultural and academic experiences, from travel to all corners of China, exchanges with global leaders, to communication with experts in their chosen disciplines.They will also spend their year immersed in the local economy and social life. Before classes begin, a summer orientation will provide them with opportunities to explore Beijing, and to build life-long relationships with young leaders from around the world.


    LAN XUEDean, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University

    Dr. Lan XUE is a Cheung Kong Chair Distinguished Professor. His teaching and research interests include STI policy, crisis management, and global governance. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution. He is a member of the National Committee for Strategic Consultation and Comprehensive Review, a member of United Nations University Council, and a Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solution Network (UNSDSN).

    Dr. Xue received his Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 1991, and taught at the George Washington University as an assistant professor before returning to Tsinghua University in 1996. He has won many awards and prizes for his work, including Distinguished Young Scholar Award of National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and Fudan Distinguished Contribution Award for Management Science.

    David Q. PanExecutive Dean and Professor, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University

    David’s career has crossed over entrepreneurship and academics. He worked in four companies in the IT industry (1994-2004), serving as an Engineer, Director of R&D, VP, CEO and Chairman. He was granted various awards for scientific and technological innovation.

    From 2004 to 2014, he served as Director of the Development Office of the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University (Tsinghua SEM). He was in charge of the 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 including Managerial Economics, Corporate Governance, FDI and MIS, and has conducted research in the areas of corporate governance, corporate development and Chinese economic history.

    Since 2013, he had served as Executive Director of Schwarzman Scholars program, and then has been the Executive Dean of Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University.

    David received a BE in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Tsinghua University in 1985. He obtained a Master’s in Economics and Ph.D. in Finance at Tsinghua SEM, earned a Master of Science from Stanford University. He is appointed as the “Jingshi Distinguished Professor”.

    Qian XiaojunAssociate Dean, Academics, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University

    Qian Xiaojun is a full professor at the Department of Leadership and Organization Management and a vice chairperson of the Degree Review Committee in the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University (Tsinghua SEM). She is a member of the 12th and 13th CPPCC Beijing Municipal Committee (2013-present). She was an associate dean of Tsinghua SEM (2015-2018), the director of MBA Programs of the school (2001-2006), the Director of Planning and Quality Assurance Office of Tsinghua SEM (2006-2013) and the assistant dean responsible for academic degrees (2006-2009). She received her Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1992, M.S. in mathematics in 1988 from Purdue University, USA, and B.S. in applied mathematics from Tsinghua University in 1982. Her research interests focus on Management Cognition Theory and Organizational Behavior, Managerial Communication, Ethics and Corporate Responsibilities, Sustainability. Professor Qian teaches managerial communication, ethics and corporate responsibility, and sustainability related courses for MBA, EMBA and Executive Education programs at Tsinghua SEM.

    Melanie KoendermanAssociate Dean,Student Life,Schwarzman College, Tsinghua 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.

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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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