March 31, 2017

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Campus News

China-US Ties in the Trump Era

Ahead of the first summit between President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump in early April, NYU Shanghai this week hosted two leading political scientists Sun Zhe and Ni Shixiong, who unfolded China’s foreign policy adjustments in recent years and forecasted the evolution of bilateral ties.

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Going to Sundance

A short film about a Chinese high school teacher directed by an NYU graduate has been selected for the Sundance Film Festival, one of the most prestigious independent film showcases held in the US. Joe Pichirallo, Chair of the Undergraduate Film & Television program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts gave a special preview screening of the film by Matthew Zhao at NYU Shanghai on March 18.

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Quick Takes

  • On March 27th, Vanessa Joosen, professor of English literature and children’s literature at the University of Antwerp, Belgium and Cong Zhang from Harvard Graduate School of Education discussed to what extent cultural representations of the young and old shape real family dynamics and how intergenerational relations differ across cultures.

  • On March 29th, Chief Economist & CIO of Saxo Bank Steen Jakobsen kickstarted the 2017 VINS-TCFA Lecture Series by deconstructing how conservative political inclinations such as “Trumponomics” and Brexit impact global economic trends. Jakobsen said investment to drive up productivity is critical to economy, but with net bond outstanding being reduced from onshore property to fiscal stimulus, the global economy may have a bumpy road ahead.

  • On March 30th, Walter Zhang, vice president of Liferiver Bio-Tech in Shanghai, shared his experience in sales and marketing to a student audience as a part of the Career Development Center’s Industry Insights Speaker Series.

  • Congratulations to Nofar Hamrany’ 18, Hancheng Zuo ’19 and Hyperloop One NYU Shanghai, winners of the President’s Service Awards for 2017!

  • At the start of April, four groups of Deans' Service Scholar Program students will head to Hunan to teach liberal arts related project based learning courses in middle schools, help reforest Yunnan to provide inhabitant for the black snub-nosed monkey (good news, 85% of last year’s planted trees survived! ), support HIV-impacted families in Henan, and go to promote education in Cambodia. The NYU Shanghai family wishes our young scholars a safe and fruitful journey.

Graduate Spotlight

Maximilian Reiff: Entrepreneur on the Road

What seemed an adventurous decision to move to Shanghai four years ago has transformed Maximilian Reiff ‘17 from a gifted squash athlete into an emerging entrepreneur who intends to transplant the promising business model of “shared bikes” from China to the United States--with a twist.

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Public Events


"A World Truly Shared By All"

Ramu Damodaran

18:00 ~ AB Room 1505Read more


Race and Xenophobia Today

Helen Zia and Rasmus Degnbol

11:00 ~ AB AuditoriumRead more


GoGreen Week at NYU Shanghai

Andrea Turkalo, James Bradley, Rasmus Degnbol

19:00 ~ Himalayas Museum, Envision Pavilion Read more

Research Events


The Neural Circuit of Aggression

Dayu Lin, NYU School of Medicine

12:00 ~ GEO Room 385Read more

In the Media


Graduates Get TV Spotlight

International Channel Shanghai and Pudong TV interviewed graduating students of NYU Shanghai’s inaugural class: Mark West, Zhao Zeyu and Roxanne Roman. The reports also quoted Vice Chancellor Jeff Lehman, who lauded the class of 2017 as “setting a great example for future students.”

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Ready to Fly

Shanghai Observer and First Education wrote in-depth reports about the simultaneous progress of both NYU Shanghai’s first graduating class and the University’s development over the past four years, noting especially how students have mapped out diverse career plans that will positively impact society.   

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Brothers of Entrepreneurship

Day Day Up, a popular talk show of Hunan TV, has invited Amit Gal Or ‘18 and his brother to introduce Phresh, their creative endeavor to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. Check out how Gal Or took the stage at the 15 minute mark.

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Poet Regie Cabico’s Ode to NYU Shanghai

Earlier this month, Asian American spoken word artist Regie Cabico visited NYU Shanghai where he opened the first Literary Reading Series event of the semester with a performance of his distinctive slam poetry and led student writing workshops. Watch him perform the poem he composed about NYU Shanghai during this visit, and find out what inspires his passionate performances.

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A Weekend with the Candidates

A Weekend with the Candidates

12,000 Chinese high school students from 30 provinces applied to be part of NYU Shanghai's class of 2021, an increase of 2 percent.

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Videos from the Booth

Yang Xiran '17 Shares Her Graduation Message

Senior Yang Xiran recorded this message for her professors and friends at NYU Shanghai in the graduation video booth in the 2F Cafe. Have you recorded yours yet? 

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Notice Board

Dates and Deadlines:

Dear students, good luck with your midterms and have a great Spring Break! 

The Writing Program seeks a talented student web designer to build a site for our new journal, The Hundred River Review. If you possess an eye for design, a creative mind, and experience in web design, please send a short letter of interest, a resume, and links to any web projects you’ve already created to Jennifer Tomscha ( by April 7.

Join or create a new club! Please apply here by April 7. Information about policies and procedures can be located in the Student Clubs & Organizations OrgSync Page and Student Organizations Policy Guide.
Want to be part of NYU Shanghai Student Government? Applications for AY 2017-18 are open now until April 14. Apply here.  

Join the Talk with Dean of Business & Business Majors Group Advising Session on April 14. Dean Yuxin Chen and Business faculty will share an overview of the Business academic unit, recent Business achievements and Business-related curriculum. Please RSVP through Orgsync.

Photo of the Week

Windows of Experience

In Shanghai, partitioned snapshots of urban life as captured through broad mullioned glass windows. (Photo by: Kevin Pham’ 17)

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