Schwarzman Scholars Appoints Associate Dean of Student Life

University of Hong Kong Dean of Student Affairs and Director of General Education Joins Schwarzman Scholars as Associate Dean of Student Life

NEW YORK--()--Schwarzman Scholars today announces the appointment of Albert Chau as Associate Dean of Student Life for Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Chau is currently the Dean of Student Affairs and the Director of General Education at The University of Hong Kong. Chau also spent years in the classroom as an associate professor in the Department of Psychology teaching a number of lectures over the course of a twenty-three year career. He will join Schwarzman Scholars on January 1, 2016 as the program prepares for its first class of scholars who will begin in 2016.

“Albert brings extensive experience leading campus life, student development, and career placement at HKU. He will be an enormous addition to our program.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Albert as the Associate Dean of Student Life at Schwarzman Scholars,” said Stephen A. Schwarzman, the program’s founder. “Albert brings extensive experience leading campus life, student development, and career placement at HKU. He will be an enormous addition to our program."

As the Associate Dean of Student Life, Chau will be part of the senior management team of Schwarzman Scholars, working closely with leadership in both Beijing and New York City. Before the students arrive, Chau will work with the team on the implementation of a robust student life program, which will include life at Schwarzman College. In addition, he will support the design and implementation of curricular and co-curricular programming in coordination with Tsinghua University, the international Academic Advisory Council and the academic leadership of the program.

“I am honored to join the Schwarzman Scholars program at Tsinghua University,” said Albert Chau. “Schwarzman Scholars is a visionary program that attracts outstanding young people from around the world, preparing them to be global leaders. I look forward to working with such outstanding students and colleagues.”

Once the scholars arrive, Chau will be the lead point of contact for students and will be responsible for all coordination around the alignment of student initiatives, enabling a partnership between Tsinghua University and the Schwarzman Scholars program. Chau will lead the efforts to establish internship and mentorship opportunities with the scholars and leading members of the Chinese business, academic and government communities.

In the coming weeks the program will be holding interviews for the top candidates who have been invited to final round interviews in New York City, London, Beijing and Bangkok. Out of more than 3,000 applications, three hundred students will be interviewed by distinguished leaders in business, academia, journalism and politics.

About Schwarzman Scholars:

Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, which was founded in 1902 to promote international understanding and peace, and is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Blackstone Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman personally contributed $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $350 million from private sources to endow the program in perpetuity. The $450 million endowment will support up to 200 scholars annually from the U.S., China and around the world for a one-year Master’s Degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities and an indispensable base for the country’s scientific and technological research. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China. Admissions opened in the fall of 2015, with the first class of students in residence in 2016. Learn more, like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @SchwarzmanOrg.


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