International student program bridges Yale and Singapore sister school

Yale CIPE program director Kathryn Bell with Yale-NUS student Swarnima Sircar.

Since its founding in 2011, Yale-NUS College has worked to provide global learning opportunities for students while seeking to introduce them to diverse intellectual traditions and cultures. Kathryn Bell, a program director from the Yale Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE), oversees the Yale Visiting International Student Program (Y-VISP), an initiative in New Haven that embraces that same philosophy and approach. The program, which invites exceptional students from partner institutions to study at Yale, has especially drawn interest from Yale-NUS students, with 29 participating in it this semester alone.

Yale-NUS encourages all its students to dedicate themselves to building a community in which living and learning are intertwined, and creativity, curiosity and critical thinking are continuously nurtured,” said Bell. “In implementing the Y-VISP program we place a premium upon encouraging and supporting those very same things.”

Yale Club of Hong Kong: The 30th Ivy Ball – Party Like it’s 1988!

Ivy Ball 2018 – “Party Like it’s 1988”

It’s that time of the year again – Ivy Ball 2018, “Party Like it’s 1988!” is arriving! This year celebrates Ivy Ball’s 30th anniversary and the party will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday, June 16, 2018.  As in each of the previous years, it promises to be an evening of fun, fond memories, new friends, and even a bit of friendly competition among the alumni of the Ivies.

Do not miss out on this memorable night of pure fun (great entertainment & food)! We are expecting over 800 attendees!

Ticket price is HKD 1,600 per person, and each table seats 12 people.

Please make ticket purchases or reserve your tables ASAP as tickets are limited.  Looking forward to seeing you for this massive party!

Event Details

Date:     Saturday, June 16, 2018

Venue:   The Convention Hall at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Time:     Cocktails at 6:30pm, Dinner at 7:30pm

Dress:   Black Tie Formal or Themed Attire

Price:     HKD 1600 per person – payment in advance only, no tickets at the door

Please send payment confirmation, gues list / seating preferences, and any dietary restrictions to YCHK ( Act quick and reserve your seats today!


China uses ‘softer tools’ of repression, says Yale political scientist

Daniel Mattingly

China’s reemergence as a global power has coincided with policies, including urbanization measures and family planning initiatives, that sometimes pit the Chinese state’s interests against those of individual citizens.

Daniel Mattingly, assistant professor of political science, studies the strength of the Chinese state and the means by which it encourages its citizens to obey policies that conflict with their material interests.

China has extraordinarily high levels of state capacity, especially for a developing country,” said Mattingly ’04 B.A., ’08 M.A., who joined the faculty last fall. “Where does this strong state come from? There are a lot of answers. The piece that I’m interested in is the way that the Chinese government uses softer tools of repression to implement its policies.”

In its 10th year, Yale Alumni Service Corps strengthens global ties, and adds faculty

Dr. J. Zachary Porterfield, research assistant Pume Mhlongo, and Dr. Julia Toman

A planned trip this summer to Cape Town, South Africa, will mark the first time in the Yale Alumni Service Corps’ (YASC) decade-long history that Yale faculty have accompanied the volunteers to a program in Africa. It’s an important milestone, says Joao Aleixo, director of the YASC, as the program, sponsored by the Yale Alumni Association, looks to further strengthen its ties to the university and provide an experience that is not only meaningful to trip participants, but one that offers real improvement to the communities they serve.

This program is not just about service, but also about career growth, lifelong learning, mentorship, and service,” says Aleixo. “By partnering with Yale entities we are strengthening those ties.”

Eight Yale affiliates honored with Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Seven current Yale graduate students and one Yale College alum are among the 30 students nationwide chosen to receive Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.

The Yale graduate students receiving Soros Fellowships are HaoYang (Carl) Jiang, Jonathan Marquez ’13, Aseem Mehta ’14, Wazhma Sadat ’14, Joel Sati, Jennifer Shin, and Diana Yanez. In addition, Jenna Cook ’14, received a fellowship to support her Ph.D. studies at Harvard University.

The 2018 fellows were chosen from a pool of 1,766 applicants for their potential to make significant contributions to United States society, culture, or their academic fields. The 2018 Soros Fellows are all the children of immigrants, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, green card holders, or naturalized citizens. They receive up to $90,000 in funding for the graduate program of their choice.

Hegemonic Designs in the Middle East Clash

Kurdish people fight the Islamic State and expect independence; Iran’s Hassan Rouhani, Turkey’s Recep Erdoğan and Vladimir Putin have other plans

The United States has been reticent about over-involvement in Middle East conflicts in recent years, notwithstanding the April 14 airstrikes on Syria in response to a chemical attack. Russia filled the vacuum in Syria with support from Iran and Turkey, explains author and military strategist Ehsan Ahrari. He details the internal contradictions in the three allies’ goals and suggests the alliance could be short-lived. Russia takes advantage of the Turkish president’s fury over US support for Kurdish forces and refusal to deport a cleric accused of instigating a failed 2016 coup. Iran seeks a permanent foothold in Syria, with the Assad regime in place, and influence in Lebanon. Russia, looking for control, has less interest in a role for Assad whereas Turkey wants his ouster. “The most significant uniting force for Iran, Turkey, and Russia is their resolve to safeguard their respective regional strategic interests, and for Russia, an additional and overriding motivating factor is to be recognized once again as a superpower,” Ahrari writes. Foreign powers find the region hard to control, and he concludes, “Great power hegemonism in the Middle East may well become an artifact of a bygone era.” – YaleGlobal

Hee Oh wins 2018 Ho-Am Prize for Science

Yale mathematician Hee Oh

Mathematician Hee Oh has won the 2018 Ho-Am Prize for Science, a prestigious annual award presented to a person of Korean heritage for outstanding accomplishments in basic science.

The prize is one of five annual awards given by the Ho-Am Foundation and named after the founder of Samsung Byung-chull Lee (pen-named Ho-Am). It will be presented on June 1 in a ceremony in Seoul. Recipients of the Ho-Am Prize receive a laureate diploma, a pure gold medal, and a cash prize of 300 million Korean won (approximately $275,000).