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Cornell in China

Bridge across the Jen River in Chengdu, China
Bridge across the Jen River in Chengdu, China

Cornell in China facilitates research, partnerships, teaching and learning, and alumni connections throughout China.

Based in Beijing, Cornell in China provides in-country support for the university’s existing programs and creates new opportunities for Cornellians to engage with Chinese partners.

Strategic Planning

As part of its commitment to build an international presence, the university has convened a faculty steering committee, inducted a Cornell China Advisory Board, arranged for office space in Beijing and begun to build infrastructure. Strategic planning is ongoing to define the evolving scope of our activities.

Ying Hua
Ying Hua, director, Cornell China Center

The director of the Cornell China Center serves as a crucial bridge between Cornell’s presence in the United States and China.

Ying Hua, director of the Cornell China Center, is an associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis in the College of Human Ecology.

She works with the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs (OVPIA) to further craft and execute the university’s China strategy and provide academic and programmatic direction for the new Cornell China Center in Beijing.

Hua chairs the China Center Faculty Steering Committee and works closely with the Cornell China Advisory Board. She also partners with OVPIA staff and the center’s executive director to coordinate and support college- and unit-level activity in the center, and administer research and other grants for China engagement.

Her background in architecture, building science and behavioral science influences Hua’s research, teaching and advising. Her research goal is to inform the design, management and re-engineering of built environments and building-sector policymaking to enhance the quality of built environments, support the health and performance of their occupants, and mitigate the building sector’s impact on global climate change.

As an member of the China Green Building Council, Hua has actively promoted sustainable building policy, practice and education in China.

At Cornell, Hua is a member of the graduate fields of design and environmental analysis and of real estate. She is a faculty fellow of Cornell’s David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures. She is a core faculty member of the Cornell East Asia Program of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and also serves as co-director of Cornell’s International Workplace Studies Program.

Featured Programs


  • Lehman Fund for Scholarly Exchange with China, recognizing Cornell’s 11th president, Jeffrey Sean Lehman, funds projects between researchers at Cornell and leading research institutions in China.
  • Tang Cornell-China Scholars Program, established in 1999, support Chinese mid-career scholars for study and research in agricultural and biological sciences and biological engineering at Cornell’s main campus in Ithaca.
  • Cornell University Library has worked in collaboration with Chinese libraries for decades. The library partners share access to resources, expertise, and innovations, from joint portals to digital collections, such as Cornell-Tsinghua Joint Digital Library Resources.

Learn more about the history of our partnerships with China.


  • Cornell Contemporary China Initiative, in the East Asia Program in the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, brings together scholars and experts with sustained research interests in China for interdisciplinary conversations, data sharing, and publications on issues important in China today.
  • Cornell Institute for Chinese Economic Research facilitates international research collaborations to understand China’s important economic and social issues and their global impacts, and to promote evidence-based policymaking.
  • International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences partners with Chinese institutions—such as Beijing Normal University, China Agricultural University, Jiangnan University, and Zhejiang University—on research to promote sustainable solutions to food and agriculture needs.
  • Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell’s S.C. Johnson College of Business supports faculty pursuing China-related research in issues related to emerging multinationals, internationalization, and reverse innovation.
  • East Asia Program in the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies is a focal point for research on East Asia and the hub of a Cornell network of experts devoted to scholarship about contemporary and historical East Asia.

Learn more about our research collaborations in China.

Student Opportunities

Learn more about teaching and learning opportunities in China.

Executive Education


Cornell faculty and staff members interested in developing new partnerships and activities in the region can contact the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs for assistance connecting with local partners.

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See President Martha Pollack's message that opened Cornell's WeChat channel at 康奈尔北京中心 (Cornell Beijing Center), and scan the QR code, via WeChat, to follow the official account.