Accelerating Positive Change

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What is
Global Solutions Festival?


Global Solutions Festival (GSF) is...

an annual gathering of young professionals and students from all over the world to work on solutions for some of the most pressing issues of today. Last year, we gathered over 100 young leaders at Schwarzman College to participate in a 48 hours marathon where they engage with mentors to realize their ideas. These participants are joined by keynote speakers, from academia and industry, to collaborate in the process of designing their solutions. 

There are five main themes in GSF:

  • Improving Healthcare – How can we solve pressing public health problems, and make the lives of a growing elderly population more healthy and comfortable? 
  • Inspiring Education – How can we better design and deliver transformational educational experiences? 
  • Environment – How can we reduce our carbon footprint while satisfying the growing need for energy? 
  • Digital Revolution and Future of Jobs – How is automation changing the nature of employment, and how can we help those displaced by automation find meaningful lives and employment? 
  • Poverty Alleviation – How can we create self-sustaining programs to reduce poverty in developing regions and countries? 

Where is GSF Hosted?


The 2018 Global Solutions Festival will be held in Beijing. The conference and make-a-thon are held in the Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, with a number of corporate visits carried out around the city. 



Beijing 北京


Beijing is a unique Mega city. It's the perfect combination of ancient and modern. As the capital of China for more than 700 years, Beijing stands as a historical city with a cultural and social heritage that is worth experiencing. It is where modern skyscrapers stand tall next to marvelous traditional courtyards and temples. You will find people walking their birds around the forbidden city, while others rush to meet their early business commitments.  

Tsinghua University 清华大学


Tsinghua University is located in the most entrepreneurial part of Beijing - Zhongguancun, an area with hundreds of billions of dollars circulating in its offices. As one of the most prestigious universities in China, Tsinghua University equip its students with world-class resources: from renowned professors, advanced laboratories, and access to capital from various firms and alumni.



Schwarzman College

Schwarzman College was founded to help prepare future leaders to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. The program gives the world's best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and a network of important relationships through a one-year Master's Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China's most leading universities. 


Watch Our Video Recap from 2017 GSF


What did people say last year?



Think mentors were Effective In Coaching Teams



FELT THEY Met and learnt from People Across Diverse Disciplines



WOULD Likely to Recommend Friends to Join next year's




"Turning words into action and plans into projects. Perfectly fits into the "doit" philosophy of Schwarzman Scholars and Tsinghua University. It should be an annual event for the college so that scholars can work on action projects early on in their year and form even closer friendships."



Huan Zheng, 22, Sweden

I've learnt a lot from my team mates as well as other participants during the event. This is also the first time I got to know Schwarzman College and had a chance to make friends with some of the scholars there.


Camilla, 26, CHINA

This is a very good platform for us to meet people and create new things. Thanks to all the organizing committee for your professional and efficient organization.


Jakub Bereziewicz, 26, POLAND

GSF gave me the opportunity to meet amazing people and to get to know them better. The time spent together made us very close friends.





Applications are now open. Eligibility and other details found in For Students.

Deadline: April 30th

Corporate Partnership

We seek sponsorship in multiple areas. If you represent a corporation and would like to support social good and increase your outreach, we welcome you to join us!