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The Yenching Academy of Peking University aims to build bridges between China and the rest of the world through an interdisciplinary master's program in China Studies. This initiative brings together young people who have demonstrated a talent for leadership and innovation. At Yenching, they are immersed in an intensive learning environment where they can explore China and its role in the world—past, present, and future. The Academy's goal is to shape new generations of global citizens with a nuanced understanding of China.

The Yenching Academy provides full fellowships to its scholars, and offers them a wide array of interdisciplinary courses on China within broadly defined fields of the humanities and social sciences. Working closely with their academic mentors, Yenching Scholars create their own study paths by choosing courses from six research areas. They participate in a variety of extracurricular activities and field studies, organized by the Yenching Academy, and designed by scholars themselves. Studying at the Academy is an exceptional opportunity to take part in intercultural exchanges and interdisciplinary learning, developing both personally and professionally.


  • Yenching Academy of Peking University Hol...

    On June 29th, 2020, the Yenching Academy of Peking University held a memorable joint online and offline Graduation Ceremony for its 2020 graduates. Wang Bo, Vice President of Peking University sent his blessings to the students in a video message. Yuan Ming, Dean of the Yenching Academy, Associate Dean Fan Shiming, Director of Graduate Studies, Lu Yang, Assistant Dean Chen Changwei, and Associate Professor of School of International Studies Liu Haifang all attended this event. 12 graduates were also in attendance, while the rest of the graduates participated online through Zoom.

    July 2, 2020
  • Speech by Dean Yuan Ming at the 2020 Grad...

    Today I am so filled with pride to celebrate the achievements of the 2020 graduates of the Yenching Academy of Peking University. Graduates, you have overcame extraordinary challenges to be here today--and, while the COVID-19 pandemic we currently face has made special the way we celebrate the graduation of our Yenching scholars, it is your achievement that has made it thus.

    June 30, 2020
  • Speech by Vice President of Peking Univer...

    I am honored to join you in celebrating your academic achievement, and I find the format for doing so this year to be refreshing, unique and memorable. I hope that both now and many years into the future, you will look back on this moment in the same light.

    June 30, 2020
  • Speech by Associate Professor Liu Haifang...

    Thanks or no thanks to the pandemic of COVID-19, we have to have such a special cloud graduation ceremony. I hope in your mind it is another luxury that only your generation could enjoy. I know you all have beautifully completed on-line defense of your MA thesis with no less amount of in-depth research and careful preparation. Indeed as the naughty Chinese words suggest, you are really “indigenous people (原住民)” of this electronic age!

    June 30, 2020
  • Speech by Emily Vincent at the 2020 Gradu...

    We are gathered together today in a world that is unimaginably different from the one we sat in on a warm fall day two years ago when we celebrated YCA’s opening ceremony for the 2018 Cohort. While none of us could have imagined that our graduation would look quite like this, there are some important similarities between where we were at the beginning of our YCA journeys and where we find ourselves now.

    June 30, 2020
  • Speech by Wang Dong at the 2020 Graduatio...

    “Staying foolish” is one suggestion that Steve Jobs made to conclude his speech at Stanford commencement in 2005. Although I’ve known the words since junior high school, not until coming to Yenching Academy did I realize its true meaning. Overall, “staying foolish” has become the main theme of my growth here. Allow me to illustrate with the following stories.

    June 30, 2020



The Yenching Academy is currently recruiting Mainland Chinese Scholars for the 2021 Cohort. The deadline for online application is May 18, 2020 (12:00 noon Beijing time).


We will begin accepting applications from international, Chinese Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan candidates for the 2021 Cohort in the summer of 2020.

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