China Thinks Big


China Thinks Big (CTB) is China’s largest online research competition, and the premier opportunity for talented high school students around the world to demonstrate their intellectual creativity through tackling important issues posed by professors at Harvard and other top institutions.

This year, we invited faculty and scholars from Harvard, Yale, Peking University, Tsinghua University, as well as industry experts from top companies to pose 100 academic challenges for participants to select from and address. These challenges span over 20 core academic disciplines of a liberal arts education and guide students to discover how global issues are reflected in their daily lives. Outstanding participants will have the opportunity to present their project at the Harvard Center Shanghai to top scholars and industry leaders, as well as a chance to visit Harvard and other top universities to discuss their research projects with the professors who posed the challenges. Past speakers at the competition include Ms. Leah Rosovsky, Vice President of Harvard, and Professor William Kirby, Chairman of the Harvard China Fund, who have applauded CTB for bringing research methodologies used in top US institutions to Chinese high school students.

Since its initial launch in 2012 as a joint initiative between Harvard and Tsinghua, CTB has become the most impactful online research competition for youth. CTB has the best track record of any competition for sending participants to the most prestigious universities in the world, and past CTB projects have influenced policy, garnered wide media coverage, and even become case studies in Chinese college entrance exams. Successful projects have also been adopted as bills in the provincial People’s Congress and many more have been featured in academic journals, CCTV, People’s Daily, and various national media outlets.