The RAND Corporation has announced a $3 million grant from the Cyrus and Michael Tang Foundation to establish a chair in China policy studies.
The Tang Chair in China Policy Studies will support a senior scholar equipped to do research on the critical factors likely to influence China's future, particularly in the areas of education and health care. The chair holder also will initiate and manage a research agenda on China's policies for sustainable growth; build partnerships with research institutes in China and organize symposia, exchange programs, and joint research projects; and mentor China studies scholars at RAND.
A previous gift to RAND from the Cyrus Chung Ying Tang Foundation helped create the Tang Institute for U.S.-China Relations, which works to inform policy discussions that shape relations between the United States and China, and between China and its neighbors. The Tang Institute, which will host the chair, is part of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy and has supported the RAND Chinese-language website, the development of new research initiatives, and joint projects with leading research institutions in China.
"The Tang Institute has been successful in fostering dialogue and exchange between the United States and China on issues such as economic development, labor and trade, and direct foreign investment," said Cyrus Tang. "Our family feels that the new endowed chair will enable effective discussions on education and health care in order to help address China's long-term growth needs."