LSE held its fifth graduation ceremony in Beijing, China on Monday 18 August 2014, celebrating the success of around 270 graduates with their families and friends.
Professor Paul Kelly, LSE Pro-Director, congratulated each new graduate and presented them with a commemorative certificate.
Professor Kelly said: "It is always a pleasure to participate in LSE events around the world. Our engagement with academics and students in China is very important for us, and the School has been involved with China now for over 100 years. There is much enthusiasm and interest in China for LSE's teaching and research on the social sciences - we look forward to expanding on our work".
The ceremony was also attended by Professor Danny Quah, Department of International Development, Dr Fei Qin, Department of Management, Dr Xu Moqi, Department of Finance, Dr Hyun Shin, Department of Geography and Environment, and Professor Michael Cox, LSE IDEAS.
After the graduation ceremony, LSE held its fourth annual LSE China Conference attended by over 320 people. This year’s theme was ‘Ideas, Innovation and Industry: Insights from China’ and Professor Wei Xin, Chairman of the Founder Group, delivered the main speech discussing ‘Acquisitions, Growth and Staying Innovative’.
Some of China's leading entrepreneurs also presented during the conference, several of whom have degrees from LSE. They included Duncan Clark OBE (LSE, 1990) talked about his company, BDA, founded in 1994, and his work in the digital and consumer goods and services sectors in China, as well as Zhao Chenning, (LSE, 1997) who discussed the investment environment in China and the challenges of establishing one's own company.
LSE China Conference 2014