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Columbia University

On the sunny morning of April 20th, the members of the China-US Business Summit visited the first campus on their list of prestigious universities. Founded in 1754, Columbia University is the fifth oldest university in New York and the most historic university in the United States. Columbia University is one of the eight Ivy League universities in the country. Columbia is ranked as one of the top ten universities in the world, and ranked in the top eight within the US. US News ranks the institution as fourth in the nation. Since the university’s establishment, there have been 104 Nobel Prize winners that are part of Columbia’s alumni. The university is now well known as the “University that educated the most Nobel Prize winners.” In addition, there have been 3 American Presidents (Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Barack Obama), 34 heads of state, 5 Founding Fathers of the United States, 9 Justices of the United States Supreme Court, 20 living billionaires, and 28 Oscar winners that have graduated from Columbia University. Newly found friend of the China-US Business Summit, and talented student currently studying at Columbia University, Xuan Zhang, introduced the university to the entrepreneurs. Using her own experiences, she told us stories of Columbia University and about her life while studying abroad. (Here, we proudly tell all of our members – the Summit Organizing Committee helped her successfully gain admittance into the university. This is one of the many cases that the Summit Organizing Committee successfully helped the children of Chinese entrepreneurs get admitted by prestigious American universities.)


Yale University

On the afternoon of April 20th, the Summit members visited the second stop of their trip to famous universities, Yale University. Yale University is a private American Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701, the University is the third oldest institution of higher education in the United States. Yale is home to many notable alumni, including 52 Nobel Laureates, 5 US Presidents, and 19 US Supreme Court Justices. Over the years, Yale has been just as well-known as Harvard University and Princeton University. Its colleges have been ranked the third among the universities in the US. The Yale campus is listed as one of the most beautiful in the United States. The 260 architectural buildings at Yale cover the styles of every historical period, which is remarkable in the world’s history of architecture.


Harvard University

On April 21st and 22nd, the Summit visited Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Established in 1636,Harvard is the oldest university in the US. Moreover, its influence has made it one of the world's most prestigious universities, which is widely acknowledged. In its 380 years of history, Harvard's alumni include 8 US presidents and hundreds of Nobel Laureates. Focused on Sociology, there are 13 schools within Harvard University. Many fields in Harvard, such as literature, law, medicine, and business, are highly respected by the world with high academic influences and international recognition. Harvard’s motto is “VERITAS,” which translates into “Truth” in Latin. Founded in 1817, Harvard Law School is the oldest, continuously operating law school in the United States. The school is home to many recognized alumni with talents in law and politics for the past 200 years, including the US current President Obama and former President of the World Bank Group, Robert Zoellick. The school is known as “cradle of America's great Justice” as 20 US federal judges graduated from the school. Among the 9 Supreme Court Justices in the United States, 6 have studied at Harvard Law School. The first class of the third annual Harvard Leadership Training program of the Summit took place in a classroom at the Harvard Law School. The entrepreneurs’ first meal on campus was also at the dining halls of the Harvard Law School.


Stanford University

On April 30th, the last day of the Summit in the US, the entrepreneurs came to the last stop of their trip to some of the country’s most prestigious universities. Located in San Francisco, California, Stanford University is both historical and beautiful, as this year marks the 125th anniversary of the university. Close to the world’s famous high-tech area, Silicon Valley, Stanford is a well-known private research university. It’s 33-square kilometers campus is the sixth largest in the US. In terms of academics, Stanford University, together with UC Berkeley in the northern bay area of San Francisco, form the academic center of the West Coast of the US. The University’salumni has the most Nobel Laureates in the 21st century. By April of 2016, there will be 20 Turing Award Laureates, the highest award in computer science, from Stanford, second to Berkeley and its 22 laureates, in the world and 7 Stanford professors who are Fields Medalists, the highest award in Mathematics, ranking 9th in the world. From 2015 to 2016, The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), ranked Stanford second in the world, while the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings and QS placed it third in the world. US News ranked it as the forth in the world. Stanford University has educated lots of technological leaders and innovative talents, including the founders of Google, Hewlett-Packard, Nike, Sun Microsystems, Yahoo!, Tesla, Firefox,NVIDIA, eBay, Logitech, Electronic Arts, Cisco, and Silicon Graphics. It is the alma mater of 30 living billionaires and 17 astronauts. It is also one of the leading producers of members of the United States Congress. According to Forbes, in 2010, Stanford was ranked as the university that has the second most Billionaires, 28 in total, to Harvard University. The short visit took just two hours, which was not enough for the Chinese entrepreneurs to taste the elegance of the famous universities. With very little regret, we will see them the next year!


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