The London School of Economics and Political Science has enjoyed a long and rich relationship with Asia. Many of the School's finest students, at all levels, have come from the continent, bringing their unique experiences with them and enriching the intellectual and cultural life of LSE.
LSE has always sought not only to be a centre of academic excellence, but also to contribute our knowledge to wider society. To this end, the LSE Asia Forum brings together senior academics from the LSE with eminent figures from the worlds of government, policy and business to discuss key current issues relating to globalisation, with a particular emphasis on Asia.
I am delighted that the 5th Asia Forum will take us to Beijing, during a turbulent period for the world economy. The focus of the Forum will be on how to best deal with the challenges of the current global situation, with a specific focus on China. The Forum title "China and the world: the Challenges of Change" reflects this.
The strong line-up of speakers and panellists, from China and elsewhere in Asia as well as Europe and the Americas, will allow a global perspective to be developed. Our aim is to create a unique level of intellectual interaction and discussion at the most senior level. Topics will include China's increasing influence in Asia and the world; the future role of financial markets in creating affluence; climate change; challenges for policymakers in delivering public services such as healthcare; and foreign relations.
Admission to the Forum is by invitation only. Invited delegates will be asked to register online if they wish to attend. If you do not receive an invitation and would like to attend, please send us an email briefly stating your interest in the Forum. We will do our best to accommodate you, but please note that Forum places are in high demand.
I look forward to meeting you at the Forum.