Bai Xian Asia Institute evolved from the vision of our Honorary Chairman, Mr. Ronald Chao, of a prosperous, sustainable, and conflict-free modern Asia built on a foundation of mutual understanding, cooperation, and trust.
September 2010 – International Dormitories Established in China
Concerned with the fragility and volatility of Sino-Japanese relations, Mr. Chao funds and establishes the first Sino-Japanese dormitories in China at five renowned universities in a mission to promote friendship and understanding between the young people of Mainland China and Japan. In 2013, Mr. Chao further extends his original vision and renames these dormitories “Asian Youth Centers” to accommodate students from other Asian countries.
July 2013 – The Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program is Launched
Inspired by the achievements of Rhodes Scholars and the newly established Schwarzman Scholars program, Mr. Chao decides to expand his mission to bridge cultures by establishing the Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program (AFLSP) to nurture future generations of Asian leaders. The AFLSP is designed to provide scholarships for Asian students to study abroad at leading universities in Greater China, Japan, and Korea. Universities may also apply for grants from the AFLSP to develop their own enrichment programs to facilitate cross-cultural understanding.
January 2014 – Bai Xian Asia Institute is Founded
With the support of five founding members, Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI) is established to oversee the development and implementation of the AFLSP.
May 2014 – Six Anchor Universities Join the AFLSP
BXAI and Bai Xian Education Foundation enter into scholarship agreements with six leading universities in Greater China and Japan including Hitotsubashi University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Kyoto University, Peking University, Waseda University, and Zhejiang University.
October to December 2014 – AFLSP Expands to Include Participating Universities
BXAI expands the AFLSP and invites ten additional leading universities to join as Participating Universities. Interested students apply directly to BXAI and are selected by the BXAI selection panel. To support the expansion, the BXAI Endowment Fund is established with a combined contribution of US$10 million from BXAI’s five founding members.
May 2016 – The AFLSP Exchange Scholarship is Established
To encourage more Japanese students to study abroad, the AFLSP Exchange Scholarship is launched to award 10 scholarships annually to Japanese students from Keio University, Kyoto University, Kyushu University, the University of Tokyo, and Waseda University for a one-year exchange program at one of BXAI’s partner universities in Greater China or Korea.
August 2016 – The Bai Xian Alumni Initiative Award is Launched
BXAI sets up the Bai Xian Alumni Initiative Award (AIA) to encourage Bai Xian Alumni to develop socially responsible action plans to address the critical challenges faced by Asia’s communities, environments, and economies. Each year, selected finalists are invited to the BXAI Summer Program to present their action plans before an esteemed panel of judges and one winning team receives a cash prize and seed funding to take its idea forward.
Today – Expanding Our Reach
In its efforts to promote intercultural learning, BXAI continues to grow its programs and provide a platform for Asian countries to develop stronger connections with one another and more collaborative opportunities. Through networking initiatives and cross-cultural partnerships, BXAI also aims to help Anchor and Participating Universities further internationalize their campuses to create a more inclusive and harmonious global community.