The Experiencing China - Tsinghua Summer School 2017 will run from July 16th - 29th 2017, lasting two weeks. The program offers a series of keynote lectures in China's economy, environment, international relations and history by leaders at the forefront of their respective fields; team projects, site visits and round-table discussions facilitated by a star team of multidisciplinary tutors; and a wide range of cultural activities on campus and in the city. Students who successfully complete the summer school, will receive an official transcript and earn 2 academic credits from Tsinghua University.




This summer program is honored to host keynote lectures by leaders at the forefront of their respective fields, among them: 

Professor Yigong SHI – Vice President of Tsinghua University, Cheung Kong Scholar, National  Natural Science Foundation of China Outstanding Young Scientist, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, fellow of US Academy of Arts and Sciences, and fellow of US National Academy of Sciences. His laboratory combines structural biology, biochemical and biophysical approaches to elucidate the molecular and chemical basis of fundamental cellular events. His research has provided important insights into programmed cell death and regulated intramembrane proteolysis. His pioneering research on caspase activation, inhibition, and depression markedly advanced mechanistic understanding of programmed cell death. He is a world leader in the structural biology of cell signaling and macromolecular assemblies. For his research contributions, he received a number of recognitions, including the 2003 Irving Sigal Young Investigator Award from the Protein Society, the 2010 Sackler Prize in Biophysics, and the 2014 Gregori Aminoff Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. 

Kebin HE – Dean of Department of Environment, Cheung Kong Scholar, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. He has over 20 years of research experience in air pollution control. His main expertise includes complex fine particulate air pollution control, emission quantification and source identification, and multi-pollutants control. He has published more than 260 peer reviewed papers in the academic journals. His research has substantially promoted the air quality management and regulation system development. 

Jinliang LI – Associate Professor in Finance at School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University; Dean of Office of International Cooperation and Exchange, Tsinghua University; and Dean of Institute for Industrial Innovation and Finance. His research interests include financial markets and risk management and publishes prolifically. As Deputy Secretary General at the National Supervisory Committee of Postgraduate Professional Degree Education in Business Administration, he serves for the development of business education in China.


Canrong JIN - Professor and Associate Dean of the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China; Weilun Chair Professor at Tsinghua University. His studies focus on American politics with special reference to the US congress, American foreign policy, Sino-US relations and China's foreign policy. His main publications include 50 academic papers, seven books and five translated books. He serves as the vice-president of the China National Association of International Studies, adviser of the policy planning office at the National People's Congress, and a member of the Standing Councilor of the China Reform Forum.


Hui WANG -  Professor and Cheung Kong Scholar at Department of Chinese Literature and Department of History, and Director of Tsinghua Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University. His research interest is Chinese intellectual history, modern Chinese literature and social/political theory. He was the editor-in-chief of one of China's most influential literary magazine "Dushu" in 1996-2007. The US magazine "Foreign Policy" named him as on of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world in 2008. He won "Luca Pacioli Prize" in 2013. He has been Visiting Professor at Harvard, Edinburgh, Bologna, Stanford, UCLA, Berkeley, among others. He is the author of numerous monographs, among others China's New Order (2003), The Rise of Modern Chinese Thought (2004), Depoliticized Politics; The Endo of Short Twentieth Century and 1990s (2008), The Politics of Imagine Asia (2011), China from Empire to Nation-State (2014), and China's Twentieth Century (2016).


Creative Solutions for Creative Cities


There are seven key areas we will focus on. We encourage each participant to choose one area as his/her fieldwork project. Each area will be led by an academic tutor for in-depth exploration.


Does China have an innovative economy? How can technology entrepreneurships thrive as China rebalances its economy? Let us explore the frontiers of Chinese technological industries in Beijing and examine how both established companies and startups are responding to this new economic landscape.


Environmental challenge is one of the most critical issues in achieving sustainable growth for China and the world. Let us explore the current environmental situation in China and examine how both local and global efforts are addressing common challenges.


Today over half of China’s population live in cities. Beijing currently has a population of twenty-two million permanent resident and eight million non-permanent resident. Is Beijing capable of increasing population density while enhancing its livability, sustain- ability and productivity? Let us explore possibilities for smart and sustainable solutions for Beijing.


Educational equity is an abiding issue in education. As cities expand and change rapidly, an unbalanced distribution of educational resources is posing serious challenges to both the level of access and quality of education. Let us explore and evaluate the latest efforts to include all children in quality education in Beijing and China.


What are women experiencing in contemporary China? What are the realities that exist for Chinese women in relation to: ethical and aesthetic value; lifestyle; living and cultural spaces, and; imaging in mass culture? What are the conditions and policies concerning gender equity? How will the removal of the one-child policy affect the role of women? Let us explore some of the lives of those who “uphold half the sky” and decode China from a gendered perspective.


As a true microcosm of China and cosmopolitan city of the world, Beijing is at the meeting point between ancient and modern/post-modern, east and west. Let us understand what is being done to preserve China’s cultural heritage, traditional and modern architecture; explore the role of innovation in this process, and; identify the cultural forces that are forging the future of Beijing.


China’s urbanization process is recognized as one of the big events that has significant impact on the world. Huge population flow, material flow, money flow and information flow happen everywhere in every minute, which we are trying to understand, describe and exhibit by both macroscopic big data and detailed cases. Also, during this urbanization period, urban and rural communities will develop in different ways, distinguishing but harmonious. City center of Beijing and its villages will be taken as typical example.


How can we unlock the potential of creative cities from multiple perspectives? With the support of design thinking toolkits, service innovation methods and transformative technologies, let us investigate Beijing through field research, propose innovative solutions to China’s challenges, and produce prototypes for a creative city.



* 7 project groups focus on their respective areas: economy, environment, city, education, woman, architecture and urbanization.

** Project fieldwork will be led by 7 project group tutors.

+ Each team will discuss fieldwork and how they will move forward with their final deliverables.



Tsinghua University is offering summer school scholarship places for Experiencing China – Tsinghua Summer School 2017.


The scholarship covers the following:

-       Registration fee

-       Tuition fee

-       Housing (on-campus accommodation for international students for two-week period, mainly en-suite single rooms)

-       Basic accident insurance for two-week period in Beijing


Scholarship students are required to cover their own airfare costs, and adequate medical insurance for their stay in China as required by both Tsinghua University and Chinese visa application.


The applicants for Experiencing China International 2017 should fulfill the following requirements:

1. Above 18 years old, be currently attending college/university; and in good health.

2. The program will be conducted in english, sutdents are required to provide proof of english proficiency if their first language or teaching language in home institution is not English, please provide either one of the following documents as reference:

- IELTS a score of 6.5 or above

- TOEFL a score of 80 or above

- Others (e.g. a letter of reference from your institution to prove that your English ability are sufficient enough for learning and communication)

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