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New academic ties with the People's Republic of China

LSE will offer a new Chevening scholarship and places for two Chevening visiting scholars as part of an arrangement with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

Photograph of Yang Jiechi, David Miliband and Professor Sarah WorthingtonThe new FCO/MFA/LSE Chevening Scholarship will be available for MFA employees who have demonstrated both academic and professional excellence and the potential to become leaders and decision makers, allowing them to study for Master's degrees at LSE. The cost will be met by the FCO through the Chevening Programme|.

Two officials at the MFA will also be given the opportunity to spend time at LSE as visiting scholars, working on a specific research project, interacting with LSE academics, students and other experts from outside the LSE.

These new programmes were formally agreed at the signing of a memorandum of understanding at 1 Carlton Gardens, the official London residence of the British foreign secretary, on Wednesday 5 December. Present at the signing were LSE pro-director for research and external relations Professor Sarah Worthington, Yang Jiechi, Chinese foreign minister, and David Miliband, British foreign secretary.

Professor Worthington said: 'I am delighted at this further opportunity for LSE to contribute to the professional development of Chinese government officials. LSE is heavily engaged in teaching, research and professional training in China, including partnership with Chinese educators. It is a special pleasure to sign this memorandum with Minister Yang, who himself has studied at the School'.

7 December 2007