Higher aspirations

As China roars into superpower status, American universities are aggressively recruiting its best students. The desire is often mutual -- some Chinese students dream of attending prestigious institutions such as Harvard, and many go to great lengths in pursuit of acceptance. In this series, Boston Globe reporter Tracy Jan explored a burgeoning relationship that could reshape American campuses.
In October, students in Beijing listened to presentations from representatives of American universities. (Doug Kanter for The Boston Globe) In October, students in Beijing listened to presentations from representatives of American universities.
Colleges scour China for top students

Colleges scour China for top students

In October, Chinese students lined up to showcase their intellect at a math contest attended by William Fitzsimmons, the dean of Harvard's admissions.
PHOTOS The Shing Tung Yau math contest
N.E. colleges see profit in China's multitudes

N.E. colleges see profit in China's multitudes

Some elite American universities come to China to scout the smartest students. Other schools, particularly small private colleges in New England, arrive here with a far different motive: profit.
In China, Ivy League dreams weigh heavily

In China, Ivy League dreams weigh heavily

The book "Harvard Girl" spawned a genre, selling more than 2 million copies in China on the premise that any child, with the proper upbringing, could be Ivy League material.