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Record numbers at 6th LSE-Peking University Summer School in Beijing

A record 240 students from 40 countries are attending the 6th LSE-Peking University Summer School which opened in Beijing on Monday 10 August. 

This year's programme includes new courses and academics from both LSE and Peking University (PKU). Professor Danny Quah, who is teaching for the first time on a course The Global Economy, said: 'There is genuine excitement in the air as the LSE-PKU Summer School lectures begin.  Out in the world, amazing things are happening in the global economy, in international relations, in global governance, international financial markets, global business and law - with so much of it all tied to developments in this part of the world.  This summer school is a unique opportunity for social science students and faculty to take stock and reflect on what is going on in the world.' 

The annual summer school, which began in 2004 with 62 students, runs for two weeks. 

Other academics teaching for the first time on the programme, include Dr. Xiaoji Lin from LSE's Department of Finance; Dr. Chen Dong from PKU's School of Economics, and Prof. Song Ying from Peking University's School of Law, who is co-teaching WTO, Law and China, with Prof. Francis Snyder from LSE's law department. PKU's Prof. Wang Jisi, and LSE academics Prof Arne Westad, Prof. Mick Cox and Dr. Fei Qin are also teaching again this year in Beijing.  

Students also have the opportunity to take basic Chinese language courses in the evenings, with a series of cultural and social events planned for the weekend for both students and teachers. 

LSE Director Howard Davies said: 'I am particularly happy that we have a strong turnout for the Summer School programme in Beijing this year. It is a testament to the quality of the courses and academics involved, as well as the hard work from colleagues at LSE and at Peking University in promoting the programme.'

For full details on the LSE-Peking University Summer School, and the courses and academics involved, see LSE-PKU Summer School

For further information on LSE China projects, email Dr Brendan Smith at b.p.smith1@lse.ac.uk|

For further information on the LSE-PKU Summer School, contact Dr Gabi Lombardo on g.lombardo@lse.ac.uk| or Mr. Mark Maloney on m.Maloney@lse.ac.uk

11 August 2009