September 16, 2019
The months of August and September culminate the busiest time of year at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, with many events and programs welcoming and bidding farewell to students before the new academic year.
On August 16, the University of Chicago Office of Career Advancement hosted the 2019 Beijing Launchpad reception, in coordination with the University of Chicago Center in Beijing. Close to 80 incoming students, families current students, and alumni attended the outdoor reception. The Beijing Launchpad event has served as an opportunity to celebrate the success and support of the University of Chicago's greater China community in this past year, and to send incoming and returning undergraduates into this academic year with a sense of community and purpose.
Chiara Montanari, Associate Director of External Relations at the Office of Career Advancement, kicked off the event, speaking to students of the opportunities that await them at the University of Chicago. Ms. Montanari elaborated on the global reach of Metcalf Fellowships, particularly in Asia and Beijing, and how students can take advantage of this resource during the undergraduate career. Yuan Ji, Interim Executive Director of the Center in Beijing, followed Ms. Montanari, and spoke about the University of Chicago's long history of engagement with China and the function of the Center in Beijing. By joining the University of Chicago community, this year's incoming class of 2023 will help continue a tradition of scholarly exchange that dates back to 1914.
Students and families spent the remainder of the evening making connections and getting to know each other, in the run up to a new school season. Through events like Beijing Launchpad and other, there remains a strong and welcoming UChicago community in Beijing for our students, families, and alumni.
In late August, the Center in Beijing bid farewell to a group of UChicago Metcalf fellows who were based at the Center this summer. Under the guidance of Dali Yang, William Claude Reavis Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago, six UChicago students engaged in wide-ranging public policy research. In addition, the Boaz Keysar Lab on Multilingualism and Decision-Making also housed two psychology fellows at the Center, where they managed to recruit over 400 participants in Beijing for their psychology study.
From August 23 to September 7, the Center in Beijing hosted the 4th annual Beijing Exploration program, which brought 16 incoming UChicago first years to be exposed to China, as well as UChicago’s academic and study abroad environment. With many coming to China for the first time, the Exploration program student engaged with China on a daily basis, first with UChicago professors in the morning and then an afternoon site excursion to explore the historic city of Beijing. All the students finished the program with a richer understanding of China and excited to begin their first year at the University of Chicago.
We at the Center in Beijing are proud of both the incoming and current students who will be returning to Chicago for another fruitful academic year!