The tenth annual LSE-PKU Summer School began on Monday 12th August as over 300 participants from around 50 different countries gathered in Peking University’s spectacular Sunshine Hall for the programme’s official opening ceremony.
The attendees, drawn not only from some of the world’s foremost universities but also embassies, international organisations, businesses, and governments, were welcomed by Professor Michael Cox of LSE and Mr Kang Tao of PKU’s Office of International Relations.
Professor Cox, the Summer School’s Academic Director, stressed the value of the links between LSE and PKU: “At a time when engagement between China and the West is more important than ever, the partnership between our institutions continues to go from strength to strength.”
Programme participants select one of thirteen courses offered by leading LSE and PKU faculty in fields such as environment, economics, foreign policy and corporate finance, and study intensively over two weeks. Many also take the opportunity to take a beginners’ Chinese language course and visit some of Beijing’s many cultural and historical attractions.
Peking University is consistently ranked as the leading university in China and is one of LSE’s five institutional partners. Other collaborative activities include Double Degrees in Government and International Affairs, delivery of the Executive Public Policy Training Programme to senior Chinese civil servants (alongside Columbia University and Sciences Po), PhD student exchanges and joint academic research in a number of fields.
14 August 2013