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Higher Education in China & U.S. -- The Past, Present and Future of Chinese Students Studying Abroad and at Yale

Saturday, January 23, 2021

This talk is part of the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium.

Event Time

January 22, 2021 | Friday
8:30 pm - 9:45 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)
January 23, 2021 | Saturday
9:30 am - 10:45 am China Standard Time (CST)

ParticipatiOn Format

Registration is required to obtain a ZOOM Conference access link, which will be sent to your registration email or phone shortly. Please enter the ZOOM room 15 minutes before the starting time. When the room is full, latecomers will not be able to access the ZOOM conference.


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The language of the event will be English and Chinese, with simultaneous interpretation.


Recording (audiotaping or videotaping) during the event is not allowed.

The Event

Pericles Lewis, Vice President for Global Strategy and Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives at Yale University, and Ning Zhang, the former Deputy Secretary-General of the China Scholarship Council, will share their insights as part of the "Higher Education in China & the U.S." series held by Yale Center Beijing on January 22 (EST).

Pericles Lewis will review Yale’s long history of welcoming Chinese students and collaborating with Chinese partners, such as the China Scholarship Council and various other important initiatives in China and the region. Ning Zhang will give a keynote speech on "the past, present, and future of Chinese students studying abroad." The event will include ample time for participants to ask questions following their presentations.

The Speakers


Pericles Lewis
Vice President for Global Strategy and Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, Yale University

Pericles Lewis, Douglas Tracy Smith Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of English at Yale University, serves as vice president for global strategy and vice provost for academic initiatives. Reporting to the president and the provost, he is responsible for ensuring that the broader global initiatives of the university serve Yale’s academic goals and priorities.

Lewis leads the planning for the Schwarzman Center, set to open in 2021, and the new Yale Jackson School for Global Affairs, which is scheduled to open in 2022. He provides oversight for the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and works closely with the leadership of Yale-NUS College, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London, the Yale Center Beijing, and the Yale Institute for Global Health.


Ning Zhang
Former Deputy Secretary-General, China Scholarship Council
Adjunct Professor, Zhejiang University
Adjunct Professor, Renmin University of China

Ning Zhang was the Deputy Secretary-General of China Scholarship Council from 2014-2020. Prior to this, he served as the Counselor in the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in Stockholm from 2008-2013, and the Assistant to the Director-General and the Director of the Division of Study Abroad of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchange, Ministry of Education of P. R. China from 2002-2008. He also worked at the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco from 1999-2002 and the State Education Commission from 1986-1997.

Zhang got his Bachelor's Degree in Physics from Peking University, Master's Degree in Acoustics from Chinese Academy of Science, and Doctorate in Social Sciences from Renmin University of China. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Zhejiang University and Renmin University of China.

Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium

Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc. the Yale Center Beijing is pleased to host the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium, which will convene thought leaders from all sectors who, in the spirit of Mr. Greenberg, play pivotal roles in building bridges among China, the U.S., and the rest of the world.

Mr. Greenberg has been a member of Yale Center Beijing’s Executive Council and retired as the Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG). In 2018, he was awarded the China Reform Friendship Medal.

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