Yenching Global Symposium

The Academy’s flagship event, the Yenching Global Symposium, is one of the most selective conferences held in China and is quickly becoming one of the world's most competitive and highly anticipated conferences. The 2018 Symposium, with an acceptance rate of 2 percent, received 4000 applications from young scholars and professionals from across the globe. Each year, the Symposium includes representation from prestigious academic programs such as Rhodes Scholars, Marshall Scholars, Gates Cambridge Scholars, Fulbright Scholars and other major fellowships, as well as outstanding young professionals from some of the world’s leading institutions.

This year, the Symposium selected 81 students and young professionals from more than 40 countries to participate in the event as delegates. Hosted on the Peking University campus from April 12th-15th, 2018, the third annual symposium focused on the theme “Renaissance: China’s Journey in a Global Future.” Renaissance was a four-day event consisting of multidisciplinary lectures, panel discussions, site visits, interactive sessions, and an immersive day of cultural programming. 

It featured prominent Chinese and international scholars as well as leading professionals who spoke on topics ranging from the Belt and Road Initiative to women’s status in modern China, from entrepreneurship to international relations. Applications for the 2019 Yenching Global Symposium will open in the fall of 2018. For more information about past and future Symposia, please follow us on social media or visit our website: