The Harvard Summit for Young Leaders in China


Founded in 2006, HAUSCR’s flagship program HSYLC is a nine-day conference that serves as an intense forum for cultural and intellectual exchange. The program runs concurrently in three parallel sites in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou, and annually brings together more than 1500 students, staff, and seminar leaders.

Each HSYLC conference recruits around 30 Harvard undergraduates to create and teach a curriculum of their choice to Chinese high school students. Around 400 Chinese high school students are selected from among thousands of diverse applicants to participate in this unique academic and cultural experience per location. HSYLC has long received extensive media attention throughout China for its mission of fostering “leadership, scholarship, citizenship and entrepreneurship” in students of both countries through a combination of education, advocacy, and cultural conversation.

HSYLC aims to gather potential Chinese leaders and give them an environment in which they are challenged in every way possible, through seminars, team building missions, and interactions with other students and Harvard undergraduates. The rich resources that HSYLC is able to offer to Chinese high school students expand their visions, deepen their understanding and increase their appreciation for their own culture. HSYLC also invites prominent figures in the US and China to speak with students. Past speakers include Yao Ming, Jack Ma, and Jet Li.

HSYLC aims to gather potential Chinese leaders and give them an environment in which they are challenged in every way possible, through seminar classes, team building missions, and conversations with each other and Harvard undergraduates. HSYLC also invites prominent figures in the US and China to speak with students. The rich resources that HSYLC is able to offer to Chinese high school students expand their visions, deepen their understanding and increase their appreciation for their own culture.

Thanks to the official partnership with different corporations for all three summits, HAUSCR is able to institute a need-blind admissions process for Chinese high school students and offer full financial assistance to all who need it.