OYCF Teaching Programs in China

To facilitate the exchange of ideas and knowledge, and to create opportunities for transnational cooperation in advanced education, the Overseas Young Chinese Forum ("OYCF") sponsors short term teaching trips by overseas scholars and professionals to universities or other comparable advanced educational institutions in China. The subjects of the teaching program include various fields of law, humanities and social sciences.

The original teaching program started in 2000 after OYCF received grants from the East Asian Legal Studies program at Harvard Law School and the U.S-China Legal Cooperation Fund. As a result of those grants, teaching and research projects were conducted at the Law School of Renmin University of China in Beijing on various aspects of the securities and corporate laws. Please click here for details of this joint project.

In January 2002, the Ford Foundation agreed to make a three-year grant to support OYCF's teaching program in law, humanities and social sciences in China. In February 2002, partners of Jun He Law Offices, a prominent law firm in China, also approved a grant to OYCF's teaching program. Several distinguished individuals have also made donations to OYCF's teaching program. Jiping Zhang and Jie Lan, both practicing attorneys in Hong Kong; Zack Liu and Jianxin Li, both bankers in Hong Kong; and Junling Ma, a practicing attorney in California, have all made generous donations to OYCF's teaching program. With the generous support from the above institutions and individuals, OYCF has expanded its teaching program to cover other fields of law as well as various fields in humanities and social sciences, and the program is now called OYCF Teaching Fellowships. Please clickhere for details of the OYCF Teaching Fellowships.

In December 2002, OYCF received a second grant from the U.S-China Legal Cooperation Fund to co-sponsor a joint teaching program with the Financial Law Institute of Beijing University. Under the new joint teaching program, OYCF will sponsor four teaching trips in years 2003 and 2004 to Beijing University Law School. During each trip, one or two attorneys from OYCF will teach a three-week intensive course on American corporate and/or securities laws. Please click here for details of this joint project.

In June 2004, our teaching program received a major boost with a $200,000 endowment from Professor Gregory Chow, a world renowned economics professor at Princeton University, to be used to cover five (5) teaching fellowships per year. In May 2005, we received additional funding from the Ford Foundation for another five-year period. In April 2007, Professor Chow made an additional donation of $160,000 to support an additional four (4) teaching fellowships per year.

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