Xingzhi Group believe that social responsibility and the need to give back to the society are a natural consequence of business success.
Xingzhi Group have two important projects aiding research by Chinese and Chinese-speaking scholars.
One such project is Liji Archaeology Scholarship, and the other is Needham Research Institute Great Silk Road Technology and Culture Interchange Research Scholarship. The aim of both scholarships is to advance research in the fields relevant to ancient Chinese technology and archaeology, with the greater goal of promoting the global knowledge and understanding of Chinese civilization, history and culture.
Liji Archaeology Scholarship
Liji Archaeology Scholarship takes its name after a revered, pioneering Chinese scientist and scholar – Dr. Li Ji (1896 – 1979). A towering figure in Chinese academia and intelligentsia, Dr Li was the first Chinese admitted to Harvard University where he received his PhD in 1923. At the age of 29 he took up a lecturing position at China’s elite Tsingua University, becoming one the newly-founded institution’s first professors. He is part of a five-person pantheon of patriotic, world-class scholars, now revered across China and China-speaking world – Wang Guowei, Liang Qichao, Chen Yinke and Zhao Yuanren.
Li Ji was technically an archaeologist, but to call him a pioneer and a scientist would be to do him a great injustice. Dr Li is recognised as China’s first archaeologist who introduced modern research and field work techniques to his country. His greatest achievement is proving beyond doubt the existence of what was then considered a mythical dynasty – the Shang, an event of great importance, as it showed that Chinese civilisation and nationhood were, in fact over a millennium-and-a-half older than previously thought.
Between 1928 and 1937, when it was interrupted by the Japanese invasion, Dt Li’s work excavating the Shang site at Anyang in Henan Province yielded, amongst others, the famous “oracle bones” – fragments of turtle shells on which Chinese characters were inscribed, proving that the continuity of Chinese writing system stretched back to more than 1500 years before the birth of Christ. Dr Li trained several generations of Chinese archaeologists, including world-renown figures such as Dr. Xia Nai, one of the most globally honoured Chinese academics.
When Dr Li passed away in Taiwan in 1979, his study, which housed 22,000 books, contained not a single ancient manuscript or artefact – Dr Li believed that all of China’s heritage belongs to the nation and the people only.
To honour the spirit and the achievements of Dr Li, in the year 2011, Xingzhi Exploring, in order to commemorate 115 years since the birth of Dr Li, as well as 85 years since the start of Shang excavations at Anyang, founded Liji Archaeology Scholarship.
The scholarship is awarded to outstanding individual students (as well as groups and organizations), both undergraduate and postgraduate, and comprises three categories: Fieldwork Scholarship, Academic Scholarship and Grassroots Scholarship. The first category is awarded to a student with an outstanding, innovative archaeological fieldwork project; the second is aimed at more advanced students with developed research skills, and the third is awarded to amateur archaeologists as well as amateur student archaeological societies and projects.
Up to 11 individual annual scholarships are awarded, to the value of 5,000 yuan per person, together with one 10,000 yuan scholarship given to a truly outstanding candidate. Last year, the students from nine different universities from all over China, including Jilin, Zhejiang, Lanzhou and Minzu University of China received Liji Archaeology Scholarships.
Needham Research Institute Great Silk Road Technology and Culture Interchange Research Scholarship
Joseph Needham (1900-1995), a British biochemist, embryologist and sinologist who was voted one of the century’s most influential scholars, is a highly respected figure in China.
An already highly distinguished biochemist, Needham became interested in Chinese history, civilisation and language through his Chinese graduate students at Cambridge in the 1930s. He became especially fascinated with ancient Chinese technology and science and started to learn Chinese language.
Because of this interest he chose to come to China’s aid during the war, and became stationed in the city of Chongqing to where the government was evacuated, away from the invading Japanese. Needham worked for Sino-British Science Co-operation Office, and his mission was to support China’s scientific and educational establishments during wartime. This work took Needham across the war-torn country, often at great personal risk, and he started to amass data for the greatest work of his life – the collection of works entitled “Science and Civilization in China” narrating the incredible advances and breakthroughs Chinese civilization made in the fields of science in technology, surpassing the contemporary West.
In this monumental, pioneering work, which is still being complied now, after his death, Needham chartered out the progress of China in the fields such as chemistry, mathematics, physics, navigation and engineering and the list goes on.
While stationed in China during the war and working on his book, Needham developed great love and respect for the China and Chinese people, going against the then established attitudes of European superiority and even racism, and the Chinese repaid the sentiment in full. Needham is now considered a venerated scholar and a champion of Chinese culture, truly loved by the Chinese people.
In 1968 Needham Research Institute was founded at Cambridge University to continue Needham’s work and legacy.
In 2014 Xingzhi Exploring have set up Needham Research Institute Great Silk Road Technology and Culture Interchange Research Scholarship, in partnership with Needham Research Institute.
The scholarship is awarded to Chinese and Chinese speaking post-doctoral researchers based at Needham Research Institute and engaged in research in topics concerning the Silk Road era culture and technology, with a special emphasis on ancient Chinese military technology.
Every year, the maximum of two students, who must hold postgraduate qualifications and demonstrate English-language proficiency, can qualify for the full 17,000 UK pound scholarship, while up to five people can receive the annual 5,000-yuan subsidy.
Last year researchers from Zhongshan, Shanxi, Tianjin and Peking University qualified for and were awarded these scholarships.
Xingzhi have also set up Gobi Alumni Disaster and Hardship Relief Foundation. Together with Gobi Alumni, the influential entrepreneurs who have completed out Gobi Challenge events, we provide aid for victims of natural disasters and also run long-term educational programs for underprivileged children in remote areas in China.
We also organise non-profit educational programs for companies and organisations to places of historic importance in China as part of our Explore China brand.