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Building connections in Asia

LSE Executive Education studentsWhile delivering programmes in Southeast Asia over the past two months, LSE Enterprise (LSEE) staff took the opportunity to meet with a number of organisations across Asia, reconnecting with old clients in the region and exploring possibilities with new prospects.

During 26-30 November 2012, LSEE delivered a customised executive education programme in Brunei which was attended by 30 government officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Ministry of Finance. Themed around current prospects on the global economy – and timely scheduled right before Brunei assuming its chairmanship of ASEAN in January 2013 – this pilot programme received very positive feedback. On the back of its success, LSEE staff are now in discussions with four different ministries and agencies in Brunei to explore how LSE knowledge could be shared to enhance its expertise and policy making processes.

Then in early December, the LSEE team delivered a ‘Change Management’ workshop in Jakarta for senior officials from across the central government of Indonesia. It was a follow-up to the London based programme, delivered at LSE in September 2012, to review progress of individual change management initiatives by the participants in facilitating positive change in their respective departments. This programme, funded by the World Bank, has received very favourable reviews from both the participants and organisers, with possibilities of continuing and expanding our training collaboration in helping Indonesia promote constructive change.

LSE Executive Education studentsIn Bangkok, the team met with a number of public sector organisations, including its Office of the Civil Service Commission to which it already delivered customised training in the past, and Thailand’s Foreign Ministry which was interested in tapping into LSE’s expertise to assist its foreign service in enhancing its negotiating expertise. Additional visits across the region included Hong Kong’s Civil Service Bureau – with which LSEE has worked for six years in the areas of training, having delivered its biggest programme to date in 2012 – and exploring possibilities in the corporate sector of Hong Kong.

LSE Executive Education studentsKenneth Lai, Head of LSE Alumni in Hong Kong, LSE Alumni Ambassador to Asia, and LSE Enterprise Senior Adviser to the region said “The potential demand for LSE Enterprise in this region is incredible, provided we can allocate time and resources to explore and engage with local institutions”.

Yury Bikbaev, Director at LSE Executive Education, commented that “LSE has a great number of links with Asia, some going back to nearly the origins of our University. LSE Enterprise has worked with many institutions and organisations across Asia for years. If we could capitalise on this heritage and our expertise in the region’s affairs, I am sure we can engage with Asia at a more advanced and mutually beneficial level.”