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Our Vision and Mission

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The center’s vision is to build an intellectual and experiential bridge between Cornell and China, bringing great minds together to foster innovative collaborations and address critical challenges facing the world.

Our mission is to support world-class research, education, collaboration and entrepreneurship across diverse communities in Cornell and China.

Dynamic Themes

Rooftop detailThe center focuses on dynamic themes that have been determined by mutual interest, expertise and relevance: Contemporary Chinese Society and Politics; Technologies for Innovation; New Urbanization and Real Estate Innovations; Sustainable Development Goals for China and the World; and Chinese Culture(s) and Global Connections. Themes are developed and coordinated by working groups of interested faculty.

Strategic Activities

Chinese calligraphyActivities of the center emphasize five key strategies: Connection—among students, faculty, collaborators in academia, industry partners, and alumni; Education—undergraduate courses and experiential opportunities, graduate fellowships; exchange programs; Innovation—funding for research and exploratory projects; Recruitment and Placement—for Cornell and Chinese students at all levels; and Celebration—for alumni and for newly admitted Chinese students.


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