Harvard University, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is one of the world’s top 5 universities. Set up in 1636, 140 years older than modern America, it now has a history of 377 years. It is the oldest university in America, and is also one of the famous Ivy League. In this focus on Harvard University,, we will go over what makes this university one of the best in the United States and also how it can help you grow your career in China.
What makes Harvard University so Great?
The library of Harvard has over 15 million books, which ranks the 5th in the world’ following the Library of Congress, the British Library, French National Library, and New York Public Library. Also, it receives the biggest financial donation after NGOs.
Harvard now has 11 graduate schools and 2 undergraduate schools. Also, it has several summer school programs. It now has 19,000 students registered for getting a degree, 14,000 of whom are graduates. The number of its staff has exceeded 12,000, and the number of professors and teachers is more than 2,500. It is influential not only in America, but also in China. Its scale is large, and has powerful assets, so it is nicknamed ‘the Harvard Empire’.
Harvard has a friendly relationship with MIT. This relationship can date back to the year 1900, when there was a chance that these two schools would merge. There are now many conferences and programs between these two schools. Undergraduates and graduates can register at the other school without paying extra fees, and take courses to get credits.
There are 8 American Presidents, 40 Nobel Prize winners and 30 Pulitzer Award winners who graduate from Harvard. Besides, Harvard also gives the world a great number of world class scholars, literates, and ideologists, like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Henry James, Jerome Seymour Bruner, and William James. The former State Secretary, Henry Kissinger, was also a graduate of Harvard. Also, there are famous stars that were once studying at Harvard. Jeremy Lin, the ABC boy who ignited the NBA with his Linsanity, obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics in Harvard. Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, was studying in Harvard’s psychology major.
How can Harvard University help you start a career in China?
Zhao Yuanren(赵元任), who got his bachelor’s degree from Cornell, went to Harvard and got his degree in phonetics. Lin Yutang(林语堂), who wrote the masterpiece Moment in Peking , got his master’s degree in literature in Harvard. Liang Shiqiu(梁实秋), China’s first authority in translating the works of the great poet and dramatist, Shakespeare, obtained his master’s degree in theoretical literature in Harvard.
Harvard welcomes students from China, and several China’s first class universities have had exchange programs with Harvard. Peking University(北京大学) has exchange programs with Harvard. Sun Yat-sen University(中山大学) has summer exchange programs with Harvard. Peking Union Medical College Hospital(北京协和医院) also sends some of its outstanding students to Harvard for better studying opportunities.
In Harvard, there are many ABC students or immigrant students, and they come together to establish Harvard CSSA, that is, Chinese Students and Scholars Association. There are also programs that these organizations hold to introduce Chinese top students to the culture of Harvard. HPACE is one of the programs. Every year, there are 30 to 40 Chinese university students who have the opportunity to visit Harvard, and go to Harvard’s classes to listen to the world’s top scholars. Of course, the competition between applicants is fierce. Harvard also holds annually Harvard College’s China Forum, North America’s leading student-run conference on China.
On top of those partnerships, Harvard University is offering multiple Chinese language programs and various international business programs to give you the tools to start your career in China. At Daxue, we can help you further with our internship program that will help you develop a better understanding of the Chinese market. With us, you will work on market research reports and in-depth articles in the fields that interest you the most and learn more about China’s business environment.
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