Yale Center Beijing, created in October 2014 to serve as a hub for Yale University’s activities in China, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this fall.
The center, located in the Chaoyang District of Beijing, is managed by the Yale School of Management on behalf of Yale University. It hosts a variety of events and programs featuring Yale faculty, students, and alumni and other thought leaders, and serves as a gathering place for Yale alumni in Asia.
This week, for example, the center hosted a presentation by soprano Renée Fleming titled “Music and the Mind,” followed by a panel moderated by Dr. Robert Blocker, the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music. Also in recent weeks, artist Matthew Barney, a graduate of Yale College, discussed his work; architect Na Wei, a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture, led a conversation on “emotive design”; and Paul Freedman, Chester D. Tripp Professor of History, and film director Xiaoqing Chen discussed the history of food.
Recent alumni and admissions events have included a panel discussion (in Mandarin) hosted in collaboration with the Yale Club of Beijing and a reception for prospective Yale SOM students. The center also hosts Yale SOM Executive Education programs: later this fall, for example, the Women’s Leadership Program will feature James Baron, the William S. Beinecke Professor of Management at Yale SOM, and Emma Seppälä, co-director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project.
“Since our establishment in 2014, YCB has become a leading forum for engaging scholars and thought leaders from across the globe on the most important issues facing our world,” said executive director Carol Li Rafferty. “Today, YCB is a home for Yale in China, an integral part of the University’s global footprint, and a destination for established and emerging leaders who wish to connect with Yale in Beijing.”