The has announced a $25.5 million commitment to to establish a joint interdisciplinary academic research center in Beijing.
With a focus on scholarly research and public discourse, the Peking University Berggruen Institute Research Center will support a fellowship program dedicated to cross-cultural and interdisciplinary study of the transformations affecting humanity, including artificial intelligence and gene editing, as well as issues involving global governance and globalization; program activities such as lectures and symposia; and public events. Events and public programs hosted by the center will include both academic and public discussions and formal and informal gatherings designed to integrate the center into the life of both the campus and Beijing. Seminars and public lectures featuring laureates and other prominent thinkers will take place throughout the year in coordination with the Berggruen Prize, a $1 million award given annually to a thinker whose ideas have shaped humanity over time.
"To address the transitions facing humanity throughout the world, we began to envision our work in China as a hub for both research and idea generation shaped by integrative disciplines and experts throughout China," said Berggruen Institute chairman . "Our new research center provides a gathering place for linking the East and West — drawing from Chinese perspectives that will allow us to look at the world in a less fractious and compartmentalized way. We are tremendously grateful to Peking University for their collaboration on this adventurous new [center] and we greatly respect how its rich scholarly life will deepen our research and contributions to the important questions of our time."