Grand Strategy alumna Zahra Baitie named Schwarzman Scholar

January 21, 2016

Zahra Baitie is among the prestigious first class of Schwarzman Scholars. Baitie studied global affairs at Yale with a focus on East Asian and African studies and was a student in Studies in Grand Strategy in 2014. Her research interests include the development of emerging countries. Currently an associate consultant at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, Baitie hopes to positively shape Sino-Africa affairs.

Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, which was founded in 1902 to promote international understanding and peace, and is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Yale alumnus Stephen A. Schwarzman ’69 B.A., co-founder of Blackstone, personally contributed $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $350 million from private sources to endow the program in perpetuity. The $450 million endowment will support up to 200 scholars annually from the United States, China, and around the world for a one-year master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities and a base for the country’s scientific and technological research. Scholars chosen for this program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China.