A group of 45 senior Chinese government officials started work this week on a training programme in public policy run by four global universities, including the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Four Singaporean officials are also joining the Executive Public Policy Training Programme, taking place in Beijing for the next two months.
The course is primarily designed to give Chinese civil servants the chance to develop their expertise, management and strategic outlook in a rapidly-changing public policy environment.
It will include teaching from academic experts of all four universities - the others are Columbia University, New York, Sciences PO, Paris and Peking University (PKU), Beijing.
This is the third year of the training programme. This year's participants will receive intensive teaching over 2 months in eight courses in subject areas including economics, quantitative analysis, law, public policy management, public policy analysis, governance and sustainability, technology innovation, and China's economic rise. There is also a guest lecture series planned from domestic and foreign government and business leaders, including the LSE director, Howard Davies.
Prof. Wu Zhi Pan, Vice-Party Secretary at Peking University, presided over this year's opening ceremony at the School of Government, PKU, which also included senior representatives from the American, British and French embassies in Beijing, the Chinese government, and some of the sponsors of the programme - bhpbilliton, Deloitte, and the Leo KoGuan Foundation.
Participants receive a joint certificate from the four universities on completion of their studies.
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3 June 2008