Speaking at the Opening Conference of the Yale Center Beijing on October 27, 2014, Yale University President Peter Salovey called it a "momentous day for Yale." The center, he said, represents the university's commitment to creating a space where international collaboration across academic disciplines and professions will flourish.
"Today we celebrate something brand new," Salovey said. "This is a physical presence, a space that represents our entire university, all of Yale's schools, departments, and programs. It's in fact our first university-wide center outside the United States. And we've come here to Beijing because the China connection has been and remains the most important component of Yale's internationalization strategy over the last decade."
The two-day conference will feature panel discussions on major social issues facing China and the world, including the environment, technology, healthcare, and the role of the arts in society.
"The large number of professors from across Yale who are here this week underscores the extent of our commitment to the new Yale Center Beijing," Salovey said. He added that schools and departments at Yale already planning events at the Center include the schools of forestry and environmental science, architecture, public health, law, and medicine.
Dean Ted Snyder of Yale SOM, which is managing the center on behalf of Yale University, said that the Center's location in the Chaoyang District of Beijing is ideal. "We think this is the right place to complement the tremendous programs we have elsewhere in Beijing, with universities elsewhere in China and in Asia," he said.
More from the Opening Conference of Yale Center Beijing:
The Musical Impulse: Unlocking Creativity for the Individual, the Culture, and the Economy
Music is one of the facets that is most important to creativity. We tell our students at Yale that music is the currency of hope. Robert Blocker, Henry and Lucy Moses Dean, Yale School of Music
China: Where Planetary Boundaries Meet Unprecedented Economic Growth
The cleanest form of energy is not using energy at all. That means we have to have fundamental changes in the way we consume, the way we build cities, and the way we organize businesses and communities so that we can lower the energy consumption trajectory of many countries. – Xizhou Zhou&’05 B.A., ’06 M.E.M., Director, IHS CERA
Managing Capital in and for China: Where Will It Go from Here?
The savings rate in China has been really high—almost 50% of GDP—and although the GDP per capita in China is still very low, the Chinese have a lot more capital. If we invest it domestically, there will be an oversupply and an overheated economy. Therefore the capital has to go out, and since 2008, since the crisis, about $60 billion is invested outside the country: that’s six to seven times what the average investment abroad had been since 2000 to 2007—Shirley Chen ’95 MBA, Chairwoman, CICC Private Equity; Managing Director, China International Capital Corporation Limited
Improving Health and Wellness Outcomes through Creative Collaboration
As transportation improves, communicable diseases spread very fast... We need more collaboration. We already have good collaboration between the U.S. and China, like with HIV/AIDS. We also have wonderful collaboration between the China and U.S. CDCs. More collaboration strengthens our partnership, both for the health of Americans and the health of Chinese.” – Zunyou Wu, M.D., Director, National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
A Conversation on China with Stephen Roach and Zhang Lei
What takes other nations over one hundred years to finish, everything is being done in China in a combined and unprecedented way. Urbanization, industrialization, and the Information Age are all happening at the same time. It's like a father and son learning to drive at the same time.There's no time to even think about it.—Lei Zhang ’02 MBA, ’02 M.A., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hillhouse Capital Management
Value Creation in Technology
At Alibaba, what we look at is not technology in itself, but the underlying innovative ideas that technology can bring out. What we’ve done in terms of changing China is we’ve helped millions and millions of small businesses to become self-sufficient to do business on the internet without relying on help from the government or other people. We’ve created an ecosystem that helps them to succeed.— Joe Tsai ’86 B.A., ’90 J.D., Executive Vice-Chairman, Alibaba Group