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350 students attend Harvard summit in city

With a Harvard dream, 19-year-old high school graduate Li Gong didn’t take the college entrance exam this year but took a year off to sharpen his skills and apply to universities in the United States.

Li made the decision after attending a summer summit for youth leaders in China held by the Harvard College Association for US-China Relations last year.

This year’s eight-day summit started today.

Li, a native of Xuzhou in neighboring Jiangsu Province, is attending the summit a second time because of the deep impression he gained of the learning environment that replicates Harvard’s way of learning.

Like Li, about 700 Chinese high school students are participating in the youth summit, evenly divided between Shanghai and Beijing. They will be given a lot of reading to do and then will be asked to write essays about what they learned.

They will take courses taught by Harvard students on different subjects, participate in workshops and attend the lectures by Harvard professors such as physics professor David Weits, and China experts Keith Richburg and Michael Puett.



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