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Harvard Business School, in conjunction with the main university, has unveiled its plans to open two offices in China, in Shanghai and Beijing.
The Shanghai office, announced this month, will be home to a researcher affiliated to HBS’s Hong Kong-based Asia Pacific research centre, one of the school’s five international research centres - the other four are in Latin America, Japan, India, and France. The office will assist Harvard faculty who want to conduct research in the region and support Harvard students on the ground for regional study and internship programmes.
The office will also be used for co-ordinating admissions interviews and consolidating relations with the Harvard alumni population in the region.
“Today, increasing numbers of HBS faculty list China among their top areas of geographical interest,” says dean Jay Light. “The addition of this new office will add significantly to our research and our understanding of the world’s fastest-growing economy.”
The office will be supported by the Harvard China Fund, launched in 2006, which is a university-wide ”academic venture fund” to improve Harvard’s teaching and research about China. It supports major projects in China proposed by Harvard’s professors and schools.
The Harvard Beijing office will open later this year.