Yenching Social Innovation Forum

Deadline: 18 September 2016
Open to: all individuals aged 18 to 29, with experience developing solutions to education issues through innovation
Venue: 24-26 November 2016, Beijing, China


Ever since the beginning of the reform and opening up period (1979), China’s meteoric but uneven economic growth has led urban household per capita income to more than triple that in rural areas, giving it one of the highest urban rural income ratios in the world. The term “urban-rural gap” refers to the geographical chasm that now permeates nearly every aspect of Chinese society, including education. In comparison with their urban counterparts, the schools attended by rural children and rural-urban migrant children suffer from a range of problems including a drought of high-quality teachers, outdated technology, and low graduation rates. 

The Yenching Social Innovation Forum aims to provide a platform for young innovators from around the world to develop and share solutions to some of China’s biggest social problems and complexities. It hopes to achieve this goal through leveraging the talent and resources of Beijing to create an educational environment to learn from leaders in the entrepreneurship, policy making, NGO, and venture capital sectors, among others. This year’s forum will be a three-day event hosted from November 24 to 26, comprised of workshops, site visits, and a competition, all pertaining to China’s education gap. The selected participants will work together in small teams to brainstorm solutions to specific issues through an innovative project or start-up, which they ultimately will present in a pitch to a panel of judges at the competition.


  • Eligible age: between 18 and 29 years old;
  • English proficiency: moderate or above;
  • Applicants should demonstrate experience developing solutions to education issues through innovation.


The costs of round-trip transportation to Beijing, hotel accommodation, and meals for the duration of the program will be covered by the Organizing Committee of the Forum.

How to apply?

In order to apply, please fill the online application.

For more information please visit the official web page.

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