Harris School Dean Ranjan Daniels Has a Successful Visit to Beijing

September 12, 2018

Ranjan Daniels (AM ’94), Senior Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Global Outreach at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and Senior Director, Office of the Provost, visited Beijing from September 7 to 9, 2018. During his time in Beijing, Dean Daniels held graduate admissions information sessions at Tsinghua University, the University of International Business and Economics, and the University of Chicago Center in Beijing. Dean Daniels also spent time meeting with current and prospective families, introducing the Obama Foundation Scholars program to several industry leaders in Beijing, and hosting a reception at the Center in Beijing for the families of admitted graduate students from several academic departments at the University of Chicago.

Each stop on Dean Daniels’ whirlwind itinerary was well-attended, with many prospective students coming to learn about the opportunities available in the University of Chicago’s graduate programs. This set of information sessions focused on programs at the Harris School of Public Policy, the Department of Computer Science, and the School of Social Service Administration, as well as the Financial Mathematics Program. Dean Daniels also provided information about the University of Chicago Data and Policy Summer Scholars Program for undergraduate students.

After Friday’s full day of information sessions, Dean Daniels spent Saturday, September 8 meeting with admitted students and families. His family reception at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing was the first of its kind for families of admitted graduate students in Beijing. Over 50 parents from throughout China attended the event, which gave them the opportunity to learn more about graduate programs at the University of Chicago and to gain an introduction to the University of Chicago community in China.

Yuan Ji, Interim Executive Director of the Center in Beijing, kicked the evening off with a tour of the Center in Beijing and a brief history of the University of Chicago’s engagement with China. In welcoming new families to the University of Chicago community, he explained, he was welcoming them to a lineage that includes such distinguished Chinese alums as Chen-Ning Yang, Tsung-Dao Lee, Zhou Peiyuan, Wu Jieping , Lien Chan and Justin Yifu Lin. Following Mr. Yuan’s tour, Dean Daniels expressed gratitude to the parents for sending their children to pursue study at UChicago and ensured them that the University of Chicago’s commitment to rigorous inquiry would make their time at the University worthwhile. Dean Daniels and Yuan Ji then took time to answer questions on topics such as the difference between public policy studies at the University of Chicago versus its peer institutions, resources available for post-graduate job searching, and academic support systems for graduate students.

The University of Chicago Center in Beijing was delighted to help Dean Daniels during his visit, and pleased that he was able to take full advantage of his time in Beijing.