Maya Guzdar, a human rights minor, is one of four Stanford students who have been named Schwarzman Scholars will spend the 2022-23 academic year at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where she will earn a one-year master’s degree in global affairs and participate in a leadership program. Maya is a senior minoring in human rights and majoring in international relations with a focus in East Asia and international security in the School of Humanities and Sciences. She is co-president of her senior class.
A total of 151 Schwarzman Scholars – selected from 33 universities around the world – will join the program in August 2022. At Tsinghua, the scholars choose from elective courses, which they can tailor to satisfy individual career goals while gaining a deeper understanding of the three pillars of the curriculum: China, leadership and global affairs.
Scholars chosen for the program have demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities and the potential to understand and bridge cultural and political differences. As a Schwarzman Scholar, Maya will spend a year of intensive study and cultural immersion – attending lectures, workshops and discussion groups; being mentored and advised by leaders across sectors; and traveling in China.
As a Schwarzman Scholar, Maya plans to explore the role American domestic politics plays in shaping U.S. security policy toward China. She also hopes to improve her Mandarin, forge friendships with fellow scholars, travel throughout Asia and learn more about domestic Chinese politics.
Maya, who lived with an ethnic minority family in rural China during a high school immersion program, returned to China with a Stanford Global Studies Internship the summer after her freshman year at Stanford.
“Just one summer in China taught me far more about Chinese language, culture and relations with the United States than I could ever learn in an American classroom,” she said. “I cannot fathom how much I’ll learn from a full year in Beijing.”
This news item was adapted from a Stanford Report article by Kathleen J. Sullivan. Our center appreciates Stanford Report's coverage.