Renewed Attention to Social Sciences in China Leads to New Partnerships With American Universities

Rising up from the eastern edge of Peking University's campus, the sleek, U-shaped Leo KoGuan Building wraps around a red Qing-dynasty edifice. The result of a record-breaking donation from a Singaporean tycoon, this merger of old and new marks a departure from the drab socialist architecture so common in China.

But the building is more remarkable for what's inside.

In lecture halls bathed in natural light, students take intensive one-month courses from leading academics from