2nd Chinese university starts Rhodes-style program

AP News
Posted: May 05, 2014 8:29 AM

BEIJING (AP) — An elite Chinese university has announced plans for China's second international program modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship, as the country seeks more influence in global education and greater international prestige befitting its economic rise.

Beijing-based Peking University said Monday it will launch the Yenching Academy to recruit top scholars from China and the world to study in a one-year master's degree program.

The announcement came one year after the founder of American private equity and financial advisory firm Blackstone, Steve Schwarzman, set up a program at rival Tsinghua University and led a $350 million endowment campaign.

Both schools said the programs are modeled on the Rhodes Scholarship, an elite award for students to study at the University of Oxford.