Princeton-Fung Forum History

William FungEstablished in 2012, the Princeton-Fung Global Forum is a series of meetings that Princeton University hosts with the help of a generous gift from William Fung, a Princeton University alumnus and former trustee, and group chairman of Li & Fung. The Princeton-Fung Global Forums bring together colleagues from around the world to share views from a wide range of disciplinary and professional perspectives. 

The first Princeton-Fung Global Forum, “The Future of the City,” took place in Shanghai from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2013. The second forum on "The Future of Higher Education" was held in Paris April 9-11, 2014. The latest forum, “Modern Plagues” took place in Dublin on Nov. 2-3, 2015.

"We expect that the Princeton-Fung Global Forum will quickly become a signature intellectual event that attracts attention from academics and policymakers around the world. It will showcase some of the best work done at Princeton and enhance the relationships between Princeton's faculty members and their counterparts in other countries," said University President Christopher L. Eisgruber.

"In this new age of globalization, Princeton should be even more involved in fostering scholarship everywhere it takes place," Fung said. "Through this gift, I hope to enable Princeton to become a stronger catalyst for developing new and exciting research and for creating international scholarly communities."

Fung's gift also provides funding for the Fung Global Fellows Program. Launched in Sept. 2013, the program brings six exceptional early career international faculty members from the social sciences and the humanities to Princeton for a year of research, writing and collaboration on a common theme.

The gift is part of the "Citizenship and the World" priority of the University's $1.88 billion Aspire fundraising campaign that concluded June 30, 2012.

Video Highlights of the 2015 Fung Forum

Video Highlights of the 2014 Fung Forum