Delegates Arrive in Beijing for 2017 Yenching Global Symposium

The 76 delegates selected from more than 2,200 applicants ranging from almost 150 countries are joining the 124 Yenching Scholars for the second annual Yenching Global Symposium. Today, the international delegates arrived at the Beijing Capital International Airport, where smiling Yenching volunteers greeted them. The delegates and the Yenching Scholars now are mingling, registering for the Symposium, and resting before the activities which will last the remainder of the week. Over the next four days, the participants will embark on an unforgettable adventure!

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This year’s Yenching Global Symposium is centered around four main themes that will be explored through a variety of keynotes and activities. These themes correspond to the four meanings of the Chinese word “xīn”: “heart” (well-being), “new” (direction), “joyful” (experience), and “dawn” (identity). Delegates will engage with a variety of interesting individuals – thought leaders, academic experts, professional innovators, and other global scholars. They will not only listen, but also do. This year’s Symposium is not only longer and involves more guests than the previous Symposium, but also has a more hands-on approach. Therefore, the delegates will not simply listen to the keynotes and panels, but also participate in simulations, social events, and site visits.

Over the next four days, the delegates will have the opportunity to participate in the following events:

On Day 1 (March 23rd), the delegates will engage with the topic of identity. This day will officially kick-start the Symposium with an Opening Ceremony which will be followed by a keynote from Liu Bolin. Later on in the day, there will also be two parallel panels on Journalism and Cultural Heritage. The day will end with the domestic and international delegates giving presentations on their individual research projects.

On Day 2 (March 24th), the delegates will engage with the topic of experience. The day will be centered around five site-visits that are intertwined with simulated projects. The site-visits will introduce the delegates to different areas of Beijing – from art districts and media companies, to gastronomic centers and tech companies. Delegates will also listen to a presentation from Mao Daqing and partake in a panel on Young Entrepreneurs.

On Day 3 (March 25th), the delegates will engage with the topic of direction. In the morning they will listen to a keynote by Eric Li. This will be followed by an essential part of the Symposium – the Xin World Innovation Fair. During this fair, various start-ups, organizations, and entrepreneurs from China will meet with the delegates and other students. This will be an excellent opportunity to network and exchange experiences. On this day, delegates will also have two concurring panels on the topics of International Relations and Technology.

On Day 4 (March 26th), the delegates will engage with the topic of well-being. This day will be the last day of the Symposium, which means that it will include several concluding activities, a Closing Ceremony, and a Farewell Event. In addition, the delegates will participate on panels about either Education or Health.