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Influence and affluence examined at LSE China 2011 Conference

China Conference 2011Around 300 LSE alumni and friends attended the LSE China 2011 Conference in Beijing yesterday (11 August). The event, which examined Influence and Affluence: changing dynamics in East-West relations, followed the LSE Graduation Ceremony, the second overseas graduation to be held by LSE. The annual LSE-PKU Summer School is also currently underway in Beijing and this year sees its largest cohort of students in eight years.

Dr Charles Yang, one of China’s leading entrepreneurs, gave the Conference’s keynote speech, From Made in China to Created in China. LSE academics then led discussions on two panels, Eastern Entrepreneurship and Western Economic Recovery and Power Shifts: The Resurgence of Asia and the New International Relations of the 21st Century.

LSE alumni and friends came from all over the world to attend the conference, including across Asia, Europe and Africa. LSE Professor Danny Quah, who was a speaker on one of the panels, remarked at the event “it is wonderful to be able to speak and discuss current global economic issues with such a large and diverse audience. It is great for LSE to be able to host such large events in Beijing when so many LSE faculty are here teaching on the Beijing Summer School”.

Professor Danny Quah speaking at the China Graduation 2011The conference was preceded by an LSE graduation. The graduation was the second overseas ceremony to be held by LSE. 235 LSE Graduands and their guests attended the ceremony which was presided over by LSE Professor and pro-director Stuart Corbridge. Also in attendance from LSE were Professor Danny Quah, Economics; Professor Mick Cox and Dr Jeffrey Chwieroth, International Relations, Dr Meng Bingchun, Media and Communications; and Dr Fei Qin, Management. A senior LSE alumnus, Mr Cui Jianguo (LSE 1979) also addressed the audience. The graduation ended with a traditional tea-party for the new LSE alumni and their guests.

LSE faculty are in Beijing for the annual LSE-Peking University Summer School. On 8 August, Professor Stuart Corbridge opened the Summer School with his counterpart, vice president of Peking University, Professor Li Yansong. This year’s Summer School is the largest to date in Beijing, with over 340 students attending 10 courses taught by leading LSE and PKU faculty.

Professor Corbridge, who is teaching a course on development, commented at the opening ceremony “while Chinese students are the single largest group of students on the LSE-PKU Summer School, it is a testament to the success of the programme that we have students from over 50 countries and regions around the world present here today.”

For further details on LSE China visit -   http://www2.lse.ac.uk/intranet/LSEServices/ERD/LSEChina/Home.aspx|
For further details on the LSE China Conference visit - http://www2.lse.ac.uk/intranet/LSEServices/ERD/LSEChina/Conference/outline.aspx|
For further details on LSE-PKU Summer School - http://www2.lse.ac.uk/study/summerSchools/LSEPKUProgramme/Home.aspx|

For further information on LSE and China contact b.p.smith1@lse.ac.uk|

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12 August 2011

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