All the expenses of your round-trip flight, accommodation, and meals for the duration of the Symposium are covered by YSG

Deadline: December 1, 2019 23:59 (GMT+0800)| Apply here
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Dates: March 27-29, 2020
Eligibility: Anyone with strong leadership potential born after January 1, 1990, that possesses, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in any field, at the time of application and has not participated in a previous Yenching Global Symposium or Yenching Social Innovation Forum
Location: Beijing, China

Yenching Global Symposium 2020

Hosted at Peking University every spring, the symposium comprises engaging lectures, panel discussions, and interactive sessions addressing both China’s impact on the world and the influence that the world has on China.

Each year, the Symposium features prominent Chinese and international speakers across a wide range of fields, including both scholars and leading professionals.

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.

Join your peers and develop informed solutions to global problems together

YGS 2019 received over 6,000 applications, making YGS one of the most competitive academic conferences in Asia. The 98 selected delegates, hailing from 47 countries, joined 83 Yenching Scholars to create a cross-disciplinary gathering of rising global leaders.

The Yenching Global Symposium (YGS) provides a platform for emerging leaders, established practitioners, and Yenching Scholars around the globe to engage in interdisciplinary dialogues on China through the unique lens of the Yenching Academy of Peking University.

By exploring key issues related to China and the world, the Yenching Global Symposium (YGS) seeks to enable emerging leaders, established practitioners and Yenching Scholars to develop informed solutions to global problems.

Why participate?

The Symposium is a platform for connecting leaders on China, across generations and across disciplines. It will help connect you with inspiring, like-minded peers as well as leading experts who share your interest in China.

As a delegate, you will have the opportunity to share your experiences with innovation while collaborating with others to generate fruitful exchange and construct frameworks for action on China’s most challenging issues.

It offers ambitious graduate students and young professionals from around the world the opportunity to come to China and be inspired by:

  • a diverse body of global scholars from leading universities;
  • practitioners from a wide range of fields including art, history, culture, innovation, politics, and business;
  • speakers from renowned universities, enterprises, and international organizations.

Finally, YGS covers all the expenses of your round-trip flight, accommodation, and meals for the duration of the Symposium. It does not cover the cost of your visa.

Sino-sustainability: Reimagining global solutions

As China’s interaction with the wider international community continues to develop, the two will need to redefine approaches to the world’s long-term sustainability challenges.

Sino-Sustainability: Reimagining Global Solutions will explore how China’s experiences could impact the rest of the world by examining China’s approaches in fulfilling demand, allocating resources, and pursuing longevity.

Engage in interdisciplinary dialogues on China

In tackling the broader theme of sustainability in a Chinese and global context, the symposium is organized into three subthemes, bringing together intersectional perspectives across the dimensions of politics, society, environment, economics, and technology.

  • Fulfilling Demand

As the global population continues to grow, the world faces a myriad of challenges in meeting society’s demands while maintaining the international goals of sustainable development.

On the first day of the symposium, delegates will discuss how China can help fulfill the demands of an increasingly prosperous but unequal global society.

  • Allocating Resources

To escape the middle-income trap, China is reviewing how it allocates resources across traditional and emerging sectors, both domestically and abroad.

The second day of the symposium will explore China’s structural transformations and its implications for the rest of the world.

  • Pursuing Longevity

As an emerging world leader, China offers unique solutions to long-term domestic and international sustainability challenges.

On the final day of the symposium, delegates will consider the long-term significance of China’s growth and imagine the future relationship between China and the world.

Interested in applying for the Yenching Global Symposium 2020? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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