A major donation by an alumnus of Yale College and Yale Law School will support the construction, launch, and programs of the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (Tsai CITY).
With a gift from the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation, Joseph C. Tsai ’86 B.A., ’90 J.D. is paying tribute to the formative role that innovative thinking has played in his own life. Tsai’s career took him from the practice of law in New York to private equity investing in Hong Kong to an entrepreneurial technology start-up in China. He is the co-founder and executive vice chair of Alibaba Group, a major global e-commerce company.
In announcing the Tsai Foundation’s gift, President Peter Salovey ’86 Ph.D. described the center as a transformative addition to the Yale campus landscape and an essential step toward the goal of creating an interdisciplinary learning environment that cultivates innovators, leaders, pioneers, creators, and entrepreneurs in all fields and for all sectors of society.
“Tsai CITY will be a hub of creative activity at the very heart of our new — and rapidly expanding — innovation corridor,” Salovey said, referring to the southern stretch of Prospect Street and Hillhouse Avenue. “Alongside the CEID [Yale’s Center for Engineering Innovation & Design]; the School of Engineering & Applied Science, including a new engineering teaching concourse currently under construction; and our expanding programs in computer science, the center will bring together students from all backgrounds and a wide range of academic perspectives. And the unifying thread will be their goal of seeking innovative solutions to real-world problems.”