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Building on its distinctive global programs dedicated to the study of art business and the international art markets, Sotheby's Institute of Art has partnered with Beijing’s Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious and influential academic institutions. Marking Sotheby’s Institute’s official expansion into mainland China, this collaboration in Beijing will add a fourth major center of the international market to Sotheby’s Institute’s roster of campuses, which currently includes London, New York and Los Angeles. Through this joint venture, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Tsinghua University School of Economics & Management (Tsinghua SEM), and Tsinghua University Academy of Arts & Design (Tsinghua AAD) will combine their academic resources and distinguished faculties of art-market practitioners, business professionals, economists, artists and scholars to offer courses, degrees and professional certificates that integrate graduate-level business and finance studies with specialized knowledge of art and its markets.

“The art markets have exploded over the past decade,” said Dr. David C. Levy, President of Sotheby’s Institute of Art. “This has generated a level of economic growth and intellectual excitement rarely, if ever, observed in a cultural arena. Sotheby’s Institute of Art, now joined by Tsinghua University, has been the most successful among those very few educational institutions to recognize how the symbiotic interrelationship between the worlds of economics and artistic creativity cry out for highly specialized knowledge and for professionals who can skillfully navigate their intersections.”

The partnership with Tsinghua University comes on the cusp of Sotheby’s Institute’s 45th anniversary year, marking a new milestone in the Institute’s legacy and further demonstrating its commitment to educating the next generation of art world professionals. The extraordinary growth of the art market in China and the vitality of its creative arts communities underscore the importance of new programs to educate professionals for this burgeoning cultural marketplace a principle that has been the cornerstone of Sotheby’s Institute’s mission since 1969. Bringing together the expertise of two highly distinguished institutions that, together, can address regional, global and specialized trends in the field is a ground-breaking development in art business education.

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