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LSE launches year two of China training programme

LSE, with its global partners Columbia University, New York, Sciences Po, Paris and Peking University, Beijing, launched the second year of the annual Executive Public Policy Training Programme (EPPTP) in Beijing on Monday 4 June. A total of 48 Chinese government officials are participating in the programme.

Professor Min Wei Fang, chair of the Academic Council at Peking University, presided over this year's opening ceremony at the School of Government, Peking University. Senior representatives from the American, British and French embassies, the Chinese government, and the sponsors of the programme - bhpbilliton, Deloitte, and the Leo KoGuan Foundation - also attended.

The training programme has been specifically designed for senior Chinese government officials from a range of ministries and departments from both central and provincial level government. However, as part of a gradual internationalisation of the trainees, the 2007 programme also includes four government officials from Singapore.

The programme runs for two months in Beijing, with senior faculty from all four universities involved in teaching. The collaboration continues to be the first of its kind, bringing together four leading international universities to offer a programme on this scale.

Participants will receive intensive teaching over two months in nine courses in subject areas including economics, quantitative analysis, law, public policy management, governance, and technology innovation.

The principal aim of the programme 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.

The programme is running for its second year, as part of a five-year project. Participants receive a joint certificate from the four universities on completion of their studies.

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.'

For further information on this programme or LSE China projects, email Dr Brendan Smith at b.p.smith1@lse.ac.uk|

For further information on LSE partnerships contact Dr Gabi Lombardo on g.lombardo@lse.ac..uk| 

6 June 2007