Explore Yale’s impact, activity, and reach across China.

Yale and China

Yale University enjoys the distinction of having the deepest relationship with China of any university in the United States with ties dating back to 1835. Yung Wing became the first person from China to earn a degree from an American university when he graduated from Yale College in 1854. Yale and China’s collaborations and programs stand as examples of how global universities are educating leaders and advancing the frontiers of knowledge, not simply for their own countries, but also for the entire world.

Director for China

Carol Li Rafferty

Associate Director for China

Devin Lau

Historic photo of Yale and China

Yale’s history of collaboration in China

Yale’s relationship with China began in 1835 and has expanded and flourished through the years.

Council on East Asian Studies at Yale MacMillan Center

The MacMillan Center’s Council on East Asian Studies is Yale’s interdisciplinary hub for the study of all aspects of East Asia and its constituent peoples, cultures, and societies.

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Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Law Center

The center sponsors programs for advancing the rule of law in China and for the study and advancement of U.S.-China relations more generally.

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Yale Center Beijing

Opened in the fall of 2014 and housed in a 16,500-square-foot space in the Chaoyang District of Beijing, Yale Center Beijing is an important convening space and intellectual hub.

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