Established in 1998, the New World Fellows program is recognized by the government of the People’s Republic of China as one of the best overseas training programs worldwide. Through the support from the Hong Kong-based New World Development Company Limited (“New World Development”), the program fosters sustained collaboration between rising Chinese leaders and their international counterparts, while also opening up new opportunities for scholarship and policy reform between the U.S. and China.
New World Fellow Acts in Time Using Lessons from Program
Minister Li Yuanchao, former party secretary of Jiangsu province, served as a New World Fellow in 2002. Faced with a serious poison-tainted food crisis within weeks of his return to Nanjing, Minister Li was able to act fast and avert a larger crisis. He attributes his success to many of the lessons learned from the training courses he attended as a fellow.
“In the process of dealing with this emergency, the Harvard training benefited me,” said Li in an October 2009 speech at Harvard University. “More than 200 lives were saved, the suspect was caught within 36 hours, and we as local people received recognition from the central government. So, when once again here today, I want to say thank you, Harvard!”
Minister Li is now a member of the CPC Central Committee and head of the Organization Department of the Communist Party in the People’s Republic of China.
The Faces of the New World Fellows Program
Since its inception, the New World Fellows program has supported the education of over 150 experienced civil servants, policymakers, and rising leaders from China. Notable New World past and current fellows include:
- JIANG Yaoping, Vice Minister of Ministry of Commerce
- WU Shulin, Deputy Director of the General Administration of Press and Publications
- ZHAO Zhengyong, Governor of Shanxi Province
Past fellows make up an important alumni network in China to share experiences and offer professional support.
The Program: In Detail
In 1998, New World Development signed an agreement with the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs and Harvard Kennedy School to launch the New World Harvard Kennedy School Fellows Program. Each year, Harvard Kennedy School hosts 20 high ranking Chinese officials to participate in either executive training programs or independent research fellowships.
- Executive Training: 16 officials take part in one- to four-week executive training programs at Harvard Kennedy School. Examples of courses participants have taken include the Senior Executive Fellows program; Senior Managers in Government program; and the Leaders in Development: Managing Change in a Dynamic World program.
- Independent Research: The Ash Center supports the research of four New World Fellows each year. Past research has included assessments of the strategic reform within China’s banking industry; the rural health care system; agricultural reform; and foreign aid investments.
The New World Fellows program is supported by the Central Organization Department, the State Foreign Experts Bureau, and the China Association for International Exchange Personnel.