News & Highlights

  • June 2023

Elisa Djuhar (MBA 2023) from Singapore: Five Lessons from My First Year at HBS

Elisa Djuhar (MBA 2023) is from Singapore. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science from Cornell University. Before HBS, she oversaw research and development, and quality and safety of food products at various CPG companies. Djuhar says, "Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I’d get into Harvard, let alone HBS. I didn’t apply to Harvard for undergrad because I was too intimidated, and I almost did the same for HBS. I thought it’d be a waste of time, effort, and money because I’d get rejected anyway. But I am so glad I did apply! I’ve never been in such a diverse, stimulating, and inspiring environment. I’ve learned so much, I’ve been challenged and pushed outside of my comfort zone, and I’ve grown in ways that I could not have imagined."
  • May 2022

Virtual Case Discussion with Professor Krishna Palepu on Restoring Trust in Tech Platforms

In the celebration of the HBS Case Centennial, the Asia-Pacific Research Center co-hosted a virtual case discussion in partnership with the India Research Center, HBS Executive Education, and Harvard Business Publishing in May 2022. Professor Krishna Palepu led the discussion on Restoring Trust in Tech Platforms, using the Preserving Trust at (A) case to explore the causes of this distrust and what the platforms can do to respond constructively to this challenge. The session was held among HBS alumni in Asia followed by a Q&A with local faculty on the teaching plan and subtleties of teaching a case online. More than 260 HBS alumni, faculty observers, HBS staff, and MBA admits participated in the session.
  • March 2022

5th Annual Women Leadership Forum

This march Harvard Center Shanghai organized the 5th Annual HBS Women Leadership Forum together with HBS Gender Initiative, HBS Clubs of Shanghai and Beijing. Nancy Dai, Managing Director and Executive Director, Harvard Center Shanghai; Executive Director, Asia-Pacific Research Center, moderated the forum by using a fictional women-in-business case to facilitate an interactive discussion. Five panelists (Janine Feng MBA 1996, Yiru Zhou GMP18, Yanyan Gong MBA 2004, Annabel Lin SELPCH2019, and Sherry Ding) shared their personal experiences on their own career choice, career development, and entrepreneurship as female business leaders. The forum exhibited HBS research and studies on gender issues and facilitated discussion about how females in Asia can break the glass ceiling, advance their careers, and be the best they can in their work and life. More than 420 participates joined the live webinar including Harvard alumni and friends from various countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • March 2022
  • Events

Webinar on Behind-the-Scenes: A Glimpse into Case Writing at the Asia-Pacific Research Center

Harvard Business School Publishing and the Asia-Pacific Research Center co-organized an event this March to celebrate the HBS Case Centennial. APRC researchers delivered a presentation on case writing at HBS, using examples from their previous cases, providing useful tips and best practices, and highlighting recently published cases from the region. Participants had the opportunity to share their case writing experiences and challenges, suggest current topics in their region, and offer ideas for future sessions. The webinar aimed to build community and facilitate interaction and exchange of ideas among fellow educators. Event participants comprised of faculty members from various institutions in the Asia-Pacific region who are interested in writing and/or teaching cases.

New Research on the Region

  • 2022
  • Book

Empires of Ideas: Creating the Modern University from Germany to America to China

The modern university was born in Germany. In the twentieth century, the United States leapfrogged Germany to become the global leader in higher education. Will China challenge its position in the twenty-first? Today American institutions dominate nearly every major ranking of global universities. Yet in historical terms, America’s preeminence is relatively new, and there is no reason to assume that U.S. schools will continue to lead the world a century from now. Indeed, America’s supremacy in higher education is under great stress, particularly at its public universities. At the same time Chinese universities are on the ascent. Thirty years ago, Chinese institutions were reopening after the catastrophe of the Cultural Revolution; today they are some of the most innovative educational centers in the world. Will China threaten American primacy? Empires of Ideas looks to the past two hundred years for answers, chronicling two revolutions in higher education: the birth of the research university and its integration with the liberal education model. William C. Kirby examines the successes of leading universities―The University of Berlin and the Free University of Berlin in Germany; Harvard, Duke, and the University of California, Berkeley, in the United States―to determine how they rose to prominence and what threats they currently face. Kirby draws illuminating comparisons to the trajectories of three Chinese contenders: Tsinghua University, Nanjing University, and the University of Hong Kong, which aim to be world-class institutions that can compete with the best the United States and Europe have to offer. But Chinese institutions also face obstacles. Kirby analyzes the challenges that Chinese academic leaders must confront: reinvesting in undergraduate teaching, developing new models of funding, and navigating a political system that may undermine a true commitment to free inquiry and academic excellence.

  • Article
  • Science

Zeroing Out on zero-COVID

China’s culture reveres science, yet operates under a government that often defines what “science” is and is not. China’s “zero-COVID” policy has created a bifurcated scientific community that threatens international collaboration in science and technology. A self-isolating China is a threat to itself and a loss to the world.

  • May 2022
  • Case

The Freedom Fund (A): Ending Modern Slavery

By: V. Kasturi Rangan and Courtney Han

The Freedom Fund founded in 2013 to end modern slavery had raised more than half its intended target (by 2025) of $200 million. In 2021, impressed by its decentralized-partnering style of operations, philanthropist MacKenzie Scott awarded the Fund a gift of $35 million over 5 years. The beauty of the gift was that it came with no strings attached. It was completely unrestricted for use the way the company’s management and staff deemed fit. Nick Grono, the organization’s first CEO was wrestling with the question of how to put the money to best use.

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Hong Kong Staff

Billy Chan
Kitty Chow
Executive Secretary
Dawn Lau
Associate Director
Connie Yeung
Office Manager

Shanghai Staff

Nancy Dai
Managing Director and Executive Director, Harvard Center Shanghai; Executive Director, Asia-Pacific Research Center
Bonnie Cao
Shu Lin
Vina Tang
Program Manager
Tracy Qin
Assistant Manager for Administration
Sia Zhou
Senior Program Coordinator

Singapore Staff

Adina Wong
Senior Researcher