Established in late 2006, the Harvard China Fund (HCF) is Harvard University’s “academic venture fund” for China. In service of the entire University, it supports teaching and research on China and promotes Harvard’s presence in China. The University has allocated $15 million in support of the fund, and has made a commitment to raise $50 million over the fund’s first 10 years.
The HCF’s Steering Committee, composed of faculty across the University’s Schools, has identified three core objectives:
Partnerships — To promote teaching and research about and in China, in collaboration with institutions across Greater China.
Students — To prepare Harvard students for lifelong engagement with China, and to support Chinese students coming to Harvard for graduate and professional education.
Presence — To strengthen Harvard’s capacity to address challenges facing China through the new Harvard Center Shanghai.
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 multinational companies in China. Students experience modern China through their internship placements and gain an introduction to Chinese history and culture, all while learning firsthand about life in the workplace. The structure of the program includes a 10-week internship, a weeklong field trip, and numerous cultural events.