In March, Chairman of the Harvard China Fund and Professor at Harvard Business School William C. Kirby visited ShanghaiTech. President Jiang Mianheng and Vice Provost Jiang Ge discussed the development of top universities and innovation research universities with Professor Kirby.
President Jiang said that ShanghaiTech values its relationship with Harvard and hopes to establish cooperation with Harvard Business School and Law School to boost the multidisciplinary research at ShanghaiTech. Professor Kirby said that ShanghaiTech is a rising research university with great potential and the two universities should strengthen ties in education and research. He welcomed more ShanghaiTech students to come to Harvard through their existing visiting student program.
After the meeting, Professor Kirby toured around the campus.
Professor Kirby is T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University and Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He serves as Chairman of the Harvard China Fund, the University's academic venture fund for China, and Faculty Chair of the Harvard Center Shanghai, Harvard's first university-wide center located outside the United States. At Harvard, Professor Kirby has served as chair of the History Department, director of the Harvard University Asia Center, and dean of the faculty of Arts and Sciences. As dean he has initiated major reforms in undergraduate education in Harvard College. A historian of modern China, his work examines China's business, economic, and political development in an international context.