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Throughout January, the University of Chicago is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Center in Beijing. The celebration features a series of virtual events highlighting the university’s deep history of engagement and research partnerships with China. The monthlong program encompasses a series of discussions featuring UChicago scholars and their Chinese collaborators.

The programming culminates in a January 28 celebration that will include a fireside chat between President Robert J. Zimmer and Juan de Pablo, Vice President for National Laboratories, Science Strategy, Innovation, and Global Initiatives, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities facing higher education, as well as remarks from Provost Ka Yee C. Lee.

“The University of Chicago has a rich history of scholarship in China and Asia, and the Center in Beijing has greatly contributed to research collaboration, educational opportunities, mutual engagement, and societal impact in this vital region,” said Zimmer. “Since its opening, the center has built upon the university’s rich legacy of research and educational collaborations, making it an intellectual destination for scholars across the world.”

The monthlong program kicked off in early January with a discussion titled, “Understanding China’s Economic Rise: History, Trends, and Challenges.”

Booth professors Zhiguo He, the Fuji Bank and Heller Professor of Finance and Jeuck Faculty Fellow, and Chang-Tai Hsieh, the Phyllis and Irwin Winkelried Professor of Economics and PCL Faculty Scholar, joined a panel to explore the key factors to China’s economic success and the challenges the Chinese economy faces in the years ahead.

Upcoming events in the series include A Conversation on Medical Diversities in China (January 19), The Next Frontier in Chinese Energy and Environmental Policy (January 21), and Chemistry: A Tool for Understanding Human Health (January 26).

The Center in Beijing was established in 2010 to support the growing number of University of Chicago faculty engaged with collaborators in the region, as well as the increasing number of students and alumni in China. It has served as a hub to enhance and strengthen the university’s rich tradition of engagement in China in many fields of study. Since its opening, the center has hosted over 500 events, welcomed over 45,000 visitors, and served over 2,500 faculty, staff, and students.

More information on the anniversary events, which are open to the public, can be found at UChicago Global.

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