Schwarzman Scholars Welcomes Sixth Cohort

September 15, 2021

New York & Beijing, September 10th, 2021 – Schwarzman Scholars today welcomed the 151 members of the sixth cohort at its hybrid Convocation ceremony. The event featured remarks from Executive Dean of Schwarzman Scholars David Pan, Schwarzman College Dean Xue Lan and Founding Trustee Steve Schwarzman.

Tsinghua University Vice President Yang Bin, CEO of Schwarzman Scholars Amy Stursberg, Executive Director of Schwarzman Scholars Lara Tiedens, and Associate Deans of Schwarzman Scholars Qian Xiaojun and Melanie Koenderman attended the ceremony from Beijing and afar.

David Pan, Executive Dean of Schwarzman Scholars, welcomed all those who attended, thanking faculty and staff and offering congratulations to the incoming cohort.

Schwarzman College Dean Xue Lan called upon students to immerse themselves in study for the next year, and become more familiar with China, cultivate lasting relationships and continue to innovate and develop as leaders. He urged the incoming class to consider their responsibilities in the face of global issues.

Steve Schwarzman also extended his gratitude to the program’s staff and colleagues in Beijing and New York for their continued support. He commended Scholars for recognizing the timely importance of the program’s mission and emphasized the need to understand China in a more interconnected world. As the past year and a half has illustrated, the need for future leaders who will foster international cooperation and work to support their communities is greater than ever before. In living the program’s mission and setting an example for leadership and cultural exchange, Schwarzman Scholars will be more equipped to handle these challenges and foster a more prosperous future. He concluded his remarks with congratulations and an official welcome.

The program concluded with congratulations from alumni representatives and the ceremonial roll call as the 2021-22 academic year officially began.

About Schwarzman Scholars

The vision of Schwarzman Scholars is to bring together the world’s best young minds to explore and understand the economic, political and cultural factors that have contributed to China’s increasing importance as a global power, and train them to become effective links between China and the rest of the world. Through the philanthropy, foresight and dedication of Blackstone Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman, as well as the generosity of global donors who have been inspired by the potential and importance of this program, Schwarzman Scholars has raised more than $500 million to date. These funds will help endow Schwarzman Scholars in perpetuity.

Each year, up to 200 future leaders from the U.S., China and the rest of the world matriculate as Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University in Beijing to pursue a one-year Master’s Degree. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program have demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities and the potential to understand and bridge cultural and political differences. They live in Beijing for a year of intensive study and cultural immersion – attending lectures, workshops, and discussion groups; being mentored and advised by leaders across sectors; and traveling while developing a better understanding of China.

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