Notre Dame celebrates expansion of Beijing Global Gateway

Author: Tara McMullen

Beijing Global Gateway

To celebrate the opening of its new Beijing Global Gateway location at the Genesis Beijing building, the University of Notre Dame is holding a series of inauguration events Oct. 14 (Saturday) to welcome faculty, students, alumni, families and partners in China.

Genesis Building

Activities will include a panel discussion featuring prominent leaders in business and higher education from the U.S. and China titled, “Building Future Communities,” as well as a performance by the Notre Dame Handbell Choir and a celebratory Mass.

“The inauguration events celebrate the expansion of the Beijing Global Gateway’s space, programming, and community,” said Jonathan Noble, assistant provost for Asia and director of the Beijing Global Gateway. “This expansion represents an important milestone in continuing to advance Notre Dame’s academic engagement in China.”

Since 2010, Noble has been building Notre Dame’s academic reputation and network of partners in the region. Notre Dame has forged academic cooperation agreements with a number of leading universities in greater China, including University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua University and Peking University.

Noble and colleagues have developed a wide range of programs for students, including options focused on Chinese language and society, business, engineering and service learning in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guizhou. Notre Dame students also have additional professional opportunities, thanks to programming between the Beijing Global Gateway and multi-nationals such as IBM and Xiaomi. Working closely with China’s Ministry of Education, the Gateway has provided opportunities including training programs for university administrators and scholarships for doctoral and postdoctoral students.

Scholarships for Chinese students who wish to attend Notre Dame are also available, thanks to the Greater China Scholars Program. Since 2011, 58 students from 31 cities across China have benefited from scholarships and academic enrichment programs, which are supported by a cohort of Notre Dame alumni, parents and friends. More recently, Notre Dame launched the alumni-funded Greater China Collaboration Grant program which provides funding for faculty to conduct research with scholars in Greater China and share research findings at the Beijing Global Gateway.

“The Beijing Global Gateway is a vital part of Notre Dame’s commitment to strengthening internationalization, scholarly engagement and cooperation throughout the world,” said Thomas G. Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost at the University of Notre Dame. “Working with our partners in Asia, our goal is to provide an opportunity for our students and faculty to work with colleagues in that part of the world to promote discovery and understanding.”

The inauguration of the new Beijing Global Gateway location in the Chaoyang District, near foreign embassies and the Central Business District, will further enhance opportunities for collaboration with government, academic and multi-national organizations.

Michael E. Pippenger, Notre Dame’s vice president and associate provost for internationalization, said, “The Beijing Global Gateway serves as a platform for faculty to hold conferences and workshops with collaborative researchers and scholars, as a base for students from a wide range of disciplines to experience and engage with China, and as a home that welcomes the Notre Dame community from Beijing and beyond.”

Since its doors opened in May, the Gateway has hosted Fulbright scholars, panel discussions and meetings between Notre Dame and Balkh University (Afghanistan) as they develop a master’s program in finance and accountancy for Balkh, funded by a USAID grant. In June, nearly 40 Notre Dame students, alumni and parents visited the Gateway as part of the first summer celebration and forum co-sponsored with the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies.

Bgg Expansion Article PhotoNotre Dame–Balkh University residency

A new home in Genesis Beijing

One of Notre Dame’s key partners in its growing Chinese network is Genesis Beijing, a community development project that shares Notre Dame’s commitment to developing intellectual communities focused on serving the common good. Genesis Beijing now houses the Beijing Global Gateway and provides a social workplace complete with public gardens, atriums and club facilities where Notre Dame can host regional partners and where there is space to communicate and collaborate.

“Genesis Beijing aims to create a new model of community in business settings that connects people beyond the boundaries of individual organizations by offering public spaces and public programs of holistic development and by experimenting with a new way of self-managed community setup,” said Whitney Duan, founder of Genesis Beijing and chairwoman of the Kaifeng Foundation. “In doing so, Genesis Beijing brings together scholars, practitioners and organizations who share the same mission. We are delighted that as a tenant of Genesis Beijing, Notre Dame can contribute to Genesis Beijing with the University’s scholarship and distinctive educational mission and values.” 

Noble said the Beijing Global Gateway and Genesis Beijing have a shared vision to connect scholarship, knowledge and values to the larger society through scholarly engagement and community organization.

“By being located within the Genesis Beijing community, we are blessed to contribute to the community’s intellectual, cultural and spiritual activities and have access to the community’s art museum, canal-side amphitheater and regular activities with thought leaders, artists and community organizers,” Noble said.

At the Oct. 14 inauguration events, Notre Dame will welcome many important partners, including Duan, Robert Liu, founding benefactor of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, Rachel Duan, president and CEO of GE China, and Liu De, co-founder of Xiaomi, one of China’s largest private start-ups. The opening will also provide an opportunity to celebrate Notre Dame’s accomplishments of the past seven years and to look ahead to the exciting projects and relationships to come.

The new Beijing Global Gateway has already become a home for collaboration, experience and conversation. As Notre Dame becomes an even more global university and a leader on the world stage, its productive presence at the Beijing Global Gateway will continue to provide rich opportunities for its scholars and community.

To join the University community in celebrating the Beijing Global Gateway inauguration, please RSVP here.

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Originally published by Tara McMullen at on September 11, 2017.