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LSE busies itself in Beijing with graduation ceremony, 2012 China Conference and Summer School

ChinagraduationMore than 250 new LSE graduates collected their degrees at a ceremony in China, held alongside the annual LSE China Conference.

The 2012 conference. entitled Society and Markets: Managing the Benefits of Economic Growth, was attended by more than 300 LSE friends and alumni from China and around the Asia region.

Jin Liqun, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of the China Investment Corporation (CIC) gave a speech about China’s current economic growth and challenges, as well as the work of sovereign wealth funds in managing their assets. The former deputy finance minister is also the current Chair of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds.

Mr Liqun’s speech was followed by an all-LSE panel of academics, Professor Stuart Corbridge (International Development), and Professor Colin Lewis and Dr. Kent Deng from (Economic History). The panel discussed development lessons from the past for future sustainable and equitable economic growth.

The final panel of the evening was chaired by LSE economist, Professor Danny Quah. Senior Vice President of Singapore’s Government Investment Corporation (GIC), Goh Chye-Boon, and Peking University’s eminent sociologist, Professor Ma Rong discussed managing and sharing the benefits of economic growth. Mr. Goh shared his reflections from his experience in government and business in Singapore, China and South- East Asia, while Prof. Ma Rong focused on economic and development issues in China’s frontier regions in Tibet and Xinjiang.

The annual China Conference was preceded by LSE’s third overseas graduation ceremony in China, presided over by Prof. Stuart Corbridge, LSE Pro-Director, with another seven LSE faculty members attending. Peking University’s Assistant President, Prof. Li Qiang, LSE alumnus (1986), also addressed the new graduates. The graduation ended with a traditional tea-party for the new LSE alumni and their guests.

LSE faculty are in Beijing for the ninth LSE-Peking University Summer School. It is the largest summer school to date in Beijing, with 410 students attending 14 courses taught by leading LSE and PKU faculty. Professor Mick Cox, Academic Director of the summer school said: “Our Beijing Summer School continues to grow in student numbers and courses, with participants from China and 50 countries around the world attending the 2012 programme. It is a great opportunity for LSE faculty to further their academic and research links in China with colleagues at Peking University and elsewhere”.

For more details on LSE China visit – http://www2.lse.ac.uk/intranet/LSEServices/ERD/LSEChina/Home.aspx

For further information on LSE and China contact Dr. Brendan Smith – b.p.smith1@lse.ac.uk

For more details on LSE-PKU Summer School contact Mr. Pete Campion-Spall – p.j.campion-spall@lse.ac.uk