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LSE Director speaks at training programme in China

LSE Director Howard Davies delivered a speech on Designing a System of Financial Regulation| at Peking University on Tuesday 20 June. Howard Davies was in China as part of his work with the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), and also for LSE activities at Peking University.

The speech was delivered to senior Chinese government officials who are currently studying for two months on the Executive Public Policy Training Programme.

LSE, with its educational partners Columbia University, New York, Sciences Po, Paris and Peking University, Beijing, this month (5 June) launched a major Executive Public Policy Training Programme in Beijing for Chinese government officials.

Chinese Vice Minister for Education, Zhang Xin Sheng presided over an opening ceremony at the newly built School of Government at Peking University.

The training programme has been specifically designed for senior Chinese government officials. The programme runs for two months in Beijing, with senior faculty members from all four universities involved in teaching. It is the first time four international universities have come together to offer such a programme on this scale.

Participants will receive nine courses in subject areas including economics, quantitative analysis, law, public policy management, governance, and technology innovation. The programme will be taught intensively over the two month period at Peking University's School of Government.

Dr Brendan Smith, LSE's representative for China, helped to establish the training, with Dr Catherine Manthorpe, LSE's head of partnership programmes, liaising with the partner institutions. The aim is to provide Chinese civil servants with an opportunity to develop additional functional expertise, strategic perspectives, and public policy management tools to enable them to operate effectively and responsibly in a changing public policy environment. In total, 49 senior level officials from central, provincial and municipal government, across a wide range of policy areas, are taking part in the training.

It is planned to run the programme on a yearly basis over the next five years. Participants will receive a joint certificate from the four universities on completion.

LSE Director Howard Davies said: 'LSE has a long tradition in teaching public policy to government officials from all corners of the world. We are delighted to be involved with our global partners in delivering this programme in Beijing. We hope the participants find the courses intellectually challenging and useful in their future work in China.'

Click here to download a copy of the speech| (PDF)


For further details on this programme contact Dr Catherine Manthorpe on email: c.manthorpe@lse.ac.uk|
On China relations, contact Dr Brendan Smith, b.p.smith1@lse.ac.uk|

posted 26 June 2006