History & Mission
In service of the entire University, the Harvard China Fund supports teaching and research on China and promotes Harvard’s presence in China.
The Fund amplifies Harvard’s commitment to China and advances collaborative research on the major challenges facing Greater China, which includes the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. With the establishment of the Fund and the opening of the Harvard Center Shanghai, Harvard University is making an extraordinary statement on the importance of deepening our understanding of, connections with, and investments in the most dynamically changing country in the world.
The Harvard China Fund’s Steering Committee, composed of faculty from across the University’s Schools, has identified three core objectives:
To prepare Harvard students for their lifelong engagement with China, and to support Chinese students coming to Harvard for graduate and professional education.
To promote teaching and research about and in China, in collaboration with institutions across Greater China.
To strengthen Harvard’s capacity to address challenges facing China through the Harvard Center Shanghai.
Leadership and Oversight
The Harvard China Fund is chaired by Professor William C. Kirby, the T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies and Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration. A faculty Steering Committee reviews the Fund’s academic and financial plans. The committee is comprised of distinguished scholars from ten of the University’s Schools. The Harvard China Advisory Group, chaired by Dr. Victor K. Fung, provides strategic guidance on Harvard’s mission and partnerships in Greater China. For more information, please visit our People page.
The Harvard Center Shanghai
The Harvard Center Shanghai bridges Cambridge and China, and serves as the intellectual crossroads for Harvard students and faculty in their collaborations in China. It is the convening place for Harvard programs, research conferences, workshops, and alumni/prospective student events. The Center is the regional hub in Asia for education and research activity university-wide, with the Harvard Business School and the Harvard China Fund having the added benefit of permanent staff based in the Center.