Applications Invited for 2020 Sino-Sustainability: Reimagining Global Solutions

Applications Invited for 2020 Sino-Sustainability: Reimagining Global Solutions

Organization: Yenching Global Symposium (YGS)

Event Duration: 27 Mar. 2020 - 29 Mar. 2020

Apply By: 01 Dec 2019

Yenching Global Symposium (YGS):

The Yenching Global Symposium (YGS) is an annual event that brings together people from different fields and across generations with a common interest: China. This year, the three-day event will take place in March 2020 and will comprise engaging speakers and interactive events on the topic of Sino-Sustainability: Reimagining Global Solutions. This conference will feature prominent international scholars and leading young professionals from a wide range of fields and will provide a highly focused, application-based experiential learning platform.


China is a Rising Leader in a Rapidly Changing World:

As China’s interaction with the wider international community continues to develop, the two will need to redefine approaches to the world’s long-term sustainability challenges.  Sino-Sustainability: Reimagining Global Solutions will explore how China’s experiences could impact the rest of the world by examining China’s approaches in fulfilling demand, allocating resources, and pursuing longevity.


In tackling the broader theme of sustainability in a Chinese and global context, the symposium is organized into three subthemes, bringing together intersectional perspectives across the dimensions of politics, society, environment, economics, and technology.

Fulfilling Demand:

As the global population continues to grow, the world faces a myriad of challenges in meeting society’s demands while maintaining the international goals of sustainable development. On the first day of the symposium, delegates will discuss how China can help fulfill the demands of an increasingly prosperous but unequal global society.

Allocating Resources:

To escape the middle-income trap, China is reviewing how it allocates resources across traditional and emerging sectors, both domestically and abroad. The second day of the symposium will explore China’s structural transformations and its implications for the rest of the world.

Pursuing Longevity:

As an emerging world leader, China offers unique solutions to long-term domestic and international sustainability challenges. On the final day of the symposium, delegates will consider the long-term significance of China’s growth and imagine the future relationship between China and the world.

Description of Ideal Candidate:

They welcome applications from anyone with strong leadership potential ready to participate in nuanced interdisciplinary discussions on questions surrounding China and global sustainability who meets the following criteria:

  • Born after January 1, 1990
  • Possesses, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in any field, at the time of application
  • Is available for the entirety of the conference, March 27 - 29, 2020 (and any required travel time to and from Beijing)
  • Has not participated in a previous Yenching Global Symposium or Yenching Social Innovation Forum
  • Is proficient in English
  • Holds a valid passport which does not expire within 6 months from February 2020
  • Bonus: Has participated in China-related activities - academic, voluntary, professional, or extracurricular

Why should you apply to be a delegate at YGS?

They offer ambitious graduate students and young professionals from around the world the opportunity to come to China and be inspired by:

  • a diverse body of global scholars from leading universities;
  • practioners from a wide range of fields including art, history, culture, innovation, politics, and business;
  • speakers from renowned universities, enterprises, and international organizations.

The Symposium is a platform for connecting leaders on China, across generations and across disciplines. It will help connect you with inspiring, like-minded peers as well as leading experts who share your interest in China. These interactions will take place at Peking University, China’s top university.

As a delegate, you will have the opportunity to share your experiences with innovation while collaborating with others to generate fruitful exchange and construct frameworks for action on China's most challenging issues.

Cost/funding for participants:

  • Fully Funded
  • If you are selected as a delegate, the Yenching Global Symposium will cover your round-trip flight tickets, accommodation, and meals for the duration of the event. Delegates have to bear visa expenses (if any), local transport fares and are advised to carry some money for personal expenses, sightseeing, etc.
  • Special assistance will be provided for participants with special needs.
  • All YGS delegates have been and will be selected based on merit. High qualified participants attend a wide range of YGS activities regardless of their financial capability. Unfortunately, there is no possibility of paying to attend the YGS, but rejected applicants may consider applying next year.
  • You will receive a certificate if you attend the whole program.


  • Deadline: December 01, 2019
  • Program Starts: March 27, 2020
  • Program Ends: March 29, 2020

Contact: If you have any questions, you can reach us at delegates@yenchingsymposium.org.

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