The Princeton-Fung Global Forum was established in 2012 as part of a $10 million gift by William Fung, a Princeton University alumnus, trustee and group chairman of Li & Fung.
The first Princeton-Fung Global Forum — "The Future of the City" — took place in Shanghai from January 30 through February 1, 2013 (See video highlights). This year's forum on "The Future of Higher Education" was held in Paris on April 9-11, 2014 (See video highlights). Subsequent forums will take place annually in locations around the world.
Organized by the Council for International Teaching and Research under the leadership of its director, Jeremy Adelman, the Walter Samuel Carpenter III Professor in Spanish Civilization and Culture and a professor of history at Princeton University, the Princeton-Fung forums offer Princeton University scholars the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues around the world on topics of multidisciplinary interest.
"We expect that the Princeton-Fung Global Forum will quickly become a signature intellectual event that attracts attention from academics and policymakers around the world. It will showcase some of the best work done at Princeton and enhance the relationships between Princeton's faculty members and their counterparts in other countries," said University President Christopher Eisgruber.
"In this new age of globalization, Princeton should be even more involved in fostering scholarship everywhere it takes place," William Fung said. "Through this gift, I hope to enable Princeton to become a stronger catalyst for developing new and exciting research and for creating international scholarly communities."
Fung's gift also provides funding for the Fung Global Fellows Program. Beginning in September 2013, the program will bring six exceptional early-career international faculty members from the social sciences and the humanities to Princeton for a year of research, writing and collaboration on a common theme.
The gift is part of the "Citizenship and the World" priority of the University's $1.88 billion Aspire fundraising campaign that concluded June 30, 2012.