Urban China Initiative Urban China Initiative (UCI) is a new initiative with the aim to establish a think-tank with the express mission of finding and implementing effective solutions to China’s urbanization challenge. It is a joint initiative led by Columbia University, the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, and McKinsey & Company. UCI was launched in November 2010. This university is carrying research on Urban Sustainability Index, Urban Financing, Smart City, Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Government, Urban Indicator System, Urban Citizenship of Chinese Migrants, Research on Mega Regions UCI supports research on the effectiveness of programs and technologies related to urban development; emerging domestic and global best practices in project design, development, and execution; and paths to successful structural adjustment in China’s cities. Grant-supported research focuses on sustainable urbanization, including but not limited to public health, energy efficiency, consumer awareness, public finance, industrial policy, migrant labour, urban infrastructure, environmental issues, social development, housing and land, and education. The UCI hosts and co-organizes trainings on urban issues. These trainings provide theoretical and practical knowledge for urbanists to think in a professional, systematic, and long-term way and make wiser decisions for the sustainable development of China’s cities. Trainers are mainly scholars and professional experts in urban affairs. It is our hope that these training sessions will help Chinese cities learn from domestic and international best practices. Despite of Annual Forum and Urban Leaders Roundtable, a series of urbanization workshops are held to convene professionals involved in China’s urban affairs to examine problems, solutions, and implications of specific urbanization challenges.