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Harvard China Fund supports student efforts

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Established in 2006 under the Office of the Provost, the Harvard China Fund (HCF) is a University-wide “academic venture fund” with three core objectives: partnerships, students, and presence.

Partnerships: To promote teaching and research about and in China, in collaboration with institutions across Greater China.

Students: To prepare Harvard students for their lifelong engagement with China, and to bring Chinese students to Harvard for graduate and professional education.

Presence: To strengthen Harvard’s capacity to address challenges facing China through the new Harvard Center Shanghai. As part of HCF’s mission to prepare Harvard students for a lifelong engagement with China, the fund runs two student programs in China.

The Harvard China Winter Service Program supports students across the University in performing public service in China during the new “January Term.” Students from Harvard Business School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School, and Harvard College participated in the inaugural program in 2010, pairing with students from Peking University and Inner Mongolia University.

The Harvard China Student Internship Program is a collaborative effort involving Harvard’s Office of Career Services and Office of International Programs, together with Chinese corporations and U.S. companies in China. Students experience modern China through their internship placements, as well as gain an introduction to Chinese history and culture, while learning how Harvard alumni live and work in the region. The structure of the program includes a 10-week internship, a weeklong field trip to rural areas of China, and numerous cultural events.

For more about HCF, visit Harvard China Fund.