LSE, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) signed Memorandums of Understanding extending two joint LSE-MFA-FCO programmes this week (Monday 17 June).
Professor Paul Kelly, Pro-Director for Teaching and Learning at LSE, was joined by Hugo Swire MP, minister of state at the FCO and the Conservative MP for East Devon, and Chinese Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming in London to sign extensions to the LSE-MFA-FCO Visiting Scholars Programme and the LSE-MFA-FCO MSc Scholarship Programme.
Both programmes are generously funded by the FCO through the Chevening Fund.
The LSE-MFA-FCO Visiting Scholars Programme was first launched in 2007 and extended in 2010. Under the agreement, two Chinese Foreign Ministry officials will spend six months, each year, as Visiting Scholars at LSE IDEAS. Twelve Chinese officials have to date visited LSE as LSE IDEAS Visiting Scholars through the programme.
The LSE-MFA-FCO MSc Scholarship agreement, which is also a continuation on a similar agreement from 2007, provides tuition fees and living and travel expenses to enable a Chinese MFA official to undertake a Masters degree at LSE each year.
On signing the new Memorandums of Understanding, Professor Kelly said: “LSE has engaged with China since the School’s foundation in 1895 and Asia, and in particular China, has been an important focus of LSE’s attention and activities for decades. These two programmes, with the Chinese MFA and the FCO, are particularly important for LSE since they were initiated by LSE alumnus and then Chinese Foreign Minister, and now State Councilor, Yang Jie-Chi. Since 2008 over ten officials from the Chinese MFA have worked as Visiting Scholars at LSE while several others have undertaken Master level degrees. The School is deeply appreciative of the support from the FCO and Chevening and I wish this programme continued success.”
For further details on LSE China programmes visit http://www.lse.ac.uk/china
18 June 2013