Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship welcomes MIT and Tongji University as Partner Universities

November 27, 2013

The Fellowship programme, a joint initiative between the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in the UK and the Schmidt Family Foundation in the United States, aims to create an innovation platform for postgraduate students and academics from top design, engineering and business schools globally to redesign the economy.

MIT and Tongji Universities will join an exclusive network of twelve partner universities, including Yale University, Stanford University, the University of California Berkeley, the National Institute of Design, India and Imperial College London, working towards accelerating the transition to a circular economy.


The Schmidt-MacArthur fellows, embedded with their mentors in our Partner Universities in the UK, Europe, the US and India, represent the first wave of what we intend will be a systematic movement of young people, thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and future business leaders who will go into our higher educational institutions and come out from there into the industries and institutions that shape our world.

Wendy Schmidt, President of the Schmidt Family Foundation - at the launch of the Fellowship programme in London 2013

“MIT and Tongji University will join a powerful interdisciplinary group of educational institutions focused on design, engineering & business as the disciplines best placed to unlock the benefits of the circular economy. Their participation further builds the global reach of the Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship, the only programme of its kind to bring together both academics and students at this level.”

Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation


“Today’s MIT graduate student is increasingly interested in issues and opportunities at the intersection of service and innovation. The Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship will provide students with valuable experience designed to cultivate and enrich their ideas in the responsible context of the circular economy. In turn, this fellowship furthers MIT’s long-standing mission of utilizing technology and science to solve the world’s great challenges for the betterment of mankind."

Christine Ortiz, Dean for Graduate Education and Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“The vision of Tongji University is to become a world class university of sustainability orientation and the vision of the School of Economics & Management (SEM) is to be globally recognised for developing leading management professionals capable of building a sustainable society. Tongji and SEM are pleased to be a Partner University in the Fellowship programme and to contribute to the teaching, research and outsourcing of the circular economy.”

Professor Zhu Dajian, Director of Institute of Sustainability and Governance at Tongji University

The Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship Programme, launched in 2013, is a global higher education initiative created by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in partnership with the Schmidt Family Foundation. The programme has been created to develop the skills and innovative thinking required to transition to a circular economy. The Fellowships are open to postgraduate students from a global network of ten Partner Universities including: Imperial College London, Cranfield University, London Business School in the UK, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Yale University, University of California Berkeley & Stanford University in the United States, Euromed Management, Delft University of Technology and MIP Politecnico di Milano in Continental Europe, Tongji University in China and India’s National Institute of Design. Students and academic mentors from these universities will take part in a London-based intensive summer school before returning to their university to focus on a postgraduate, circular economy innovation project. For more information please visit:

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