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Yuan Ming appointed as Dean of the Yenching Academy

MAR . 04 2016
Peking University, Feb. 28, 2016: On February 25th, Professor Yuan Ming was appointed as dean of the Yenching Academy of Peking University (PKU). Lin Jianhua, president of PKU and the staff and student representatives of the Yenching Academy (YCA) attended the ceremony.


Since the establishment of YCA, Professor Yuan supported the activities in many ways. From the summer camp to the opening ceremony,  Yuan gave inspiring speeches to students. She pointed out, “The meaning of YCA lies in initiating and exploring a new round of cross-cultural and interdisciplinary practice”. From academic research to extra-curricular activities, Yuan gave guidance to the development of academic career and recommended some meaning activities, which offered a precious platform for the students of YCA.
At the ceremony, Lin expressed his thankfulness. He thought Professor Yuan’s prestigious academic achievements and enthusiasm for education would be great treasures for YCA.
Students of YCA also shared their impressions of Yuan. They all thanked her devotion to YCA and welcomed her to join YCA family. Her kindness and caring impressed all the students a lot.

Professor Yuan thanked Lin to invite her to join YCA. After talking with Lin last time, Professor Yuan has already thought about a series of future plans of YCA, such as curriculum construction, knowledge-sharing platform, etc.
Short bio of Yuan Ming: Professor Yuan Ming is associate dean of Peking University’s Institute of International strategic Studies, director of Center for American Studies, and Professor in School of International Studies.
Professor Yuan Ming travels often and is a frequent speaker at international gatherings such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Trilateral Commission, the Club of Rome, the Bo’ao Forum, etc. In addition, she has organized many influential symposia and conferences.
Professor Yuan was a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference from 1998-2012, and was also a member of its Foreign Relations Committee. She sits on the boards of a number of institutions in China, and was a trustee of the Asia Society in New York from 1998-2004. In 2004 she joined the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and in 2007 joined the Board of the United Nations Foundation. At the invitation of the Hong Kong SAR government, from 2008 to 2014 Professor Yuan served as a member of its University Grant Committee, and since 2014 has been a member of the Duke-Kunshan University International Advisory Group. In October 2015 she was appointed as an Honorary Professor by Hong Kong University.

Reported by: Meng Yiran
Edited by: 
Zhang Jiang