2019 Schwarzman Scholar

Mandy Tan is the third NYU Abu Dhabi graduate in three years to be selected

Press Release

NYU Abu Dhabi Class of 2015 graduate Mandy Tan has been chosen as a 2019 Schwarzman Scholar and will go on to pursue the Master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing starting in August 2018.

Alongside Tan, Nofar Hamrany, a senior at NYU Shanghai, due to graduate in 2018 with Bachelor of Arts and Science in economics and a minor in Chinese language; Anthony Wang, who graduated from NYU Stern School of Business; Fei Peng, a graduate of NYU Stern School of Business; and Alex Kamath, a graduate of NYU New York have also been selected to the third cohort of Schwarzman Scholars. The NYU global network has a total of five Schwarzman Scholars in the third cohort of the scholarship.

From over 4,000 applicants, 142 Schwarzman Scholars were admitted to the Class of 2019, which is comprised of students from 39 countries and 97 universities, with 41 percent from the United States, 20 percent from China, and 39 percent from the rest of the world.

Established in 2016 and modeled after the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, the Schwarzman Scholars program at Tsinghua University was created by Blackstone founder Stephen A. Schwarzman to educate future leaders on the importance of China’s role in global trends.

Schwarzman Scholars are selected on the basis of academic aptitude, intellectual ability, leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, and other attributes that demonstrate the desire to understand other cultures, perspectives, and positions.

Mandy Tan currently works at Deloitte Consulting, and consults in a variety of industries including life sciences and technology.  Tan, 23, is originally from the United States and  graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in economics.

As a Schwarzman Scholar, she hopes to further her passion in developing organizational strategies for global expansions.

NYU Abu Dhabi alumna Mandy Tan said, “I am excited to build the next part of my professional and personal journey in China and to once again be a part of, and learn from, a diverse community. I am also incredibly grateful for all the support that I have received from NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU.”

Before Tan, NYU Abu Dhabi graduates Corey Meyer, Class of 2015, and Mohammad Omar, Class of 2014, were selected to the first and second cohort of the scholarship.

About Schwarzman Scholars

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. Blackstone Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman personally contributed over $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $500 million from others to endow the program in perpetuity. Schwarzman Scholars has already raised $516 million towards this $600 million goal. The endowment will support up to 200 Scholars annually from the U.S., China and around the world for a one-year Master’s Degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program have demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities and their potential to bridge and understand cultural and political differences. They will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China. Learn more at www.schwarzmanscholars.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SchwarzmanScholars and follow us on Twitter at @SchwarzmanOrg.


About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly-selective liberal arts, engineering and science curriculum with a world center for advanced research and scholarship enabling its students to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from 115 nations and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.