Partnership Profile: Studying in China Will Have Broad Benefits

Dow China participated in a Roof-Topping Ceremony at Beijing’s Tsinghua University in connection with the Schwarzman Scholars Program.

Top scholars from China, the United States and around the world will benefit from an elite international program created to build both academic and cultural understanding.

The Schwarzman Scholars Program was launched in 2013 with $100 million from American investment mogul Stephen A. Schwarzman, who began a campaign to raise an additional $250 million. Dow announced its support in early 2014 and was recognized as one of the founders of the program.

On Oct 22, Dow China participated in a Roof-Topping Ceremony at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, which will serve as the home of the Schwarzman program. Beginning in summer 2016, 200 scholars annually from the U.S., China and other countries will be supported for a one-year master’s degree program at Tsinghua, one of China’s most prestigious universities and an indispensable base for the country’s scientific and technological research. Students chosen for this highly selective program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China.

"In the 2 1st century, not only people in China, but all of us are facing growing societal, environmental and business challenges. Besides the innovations and solutions we are delivering every day to address these challenges, innovative and cross-sector partnerships among governments, institutions and industries must be formed to build future leadership and to secure stable and sustainable growth for our collective future,” said Peter Wong, Dow Greater China president, who attended the Roof-Topping Ceremony. “Schwarzman Scholars Program is the kind of partnership that Dow believes will make impactful changes on how future leaders are fostered and, consequently, the international relationship that the business world relies on.”

The admissions process for the Schwarzman Scholars Program will open in the fall of 2015.