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New graduates open Asia Forum with a celebration

LSE held its first ever graduation ceremony outside London as the Asia Forum 2010 got off to the happiest of starts in Beijing.

Howard Davies with new LSE graduatesAround 50 Chinese students had their degrees conferred in front  of proud parents and families at the event on Thursday 25 March. The ceremony took place at the China World Hotel, Beijing, venue for the fifth Asia Forum which continues on Friday 26.

LSE Director Howard Davies was among many LSE faculty and staff who gathered for the graduation.

The forum is discussing discuss challenges and opportunities facing China and the world in four key areas: financial and economic development, climate change, healthcare and China's role as a diplomatic power.

students at graduation receptionLSE experts who are leading the discussion include not only Howard Davies but also Lord Stern and Professors Julian Le Grand and Arne Westad. They are being joined in debate by leading figures from politics, commerce and academia from Asia and beyond.

Among the guest speakers are China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

Proud families take graduation picturesThe Duke of York, the UK's Special Representative for Trade and Investment, will also be speaking, along with Hu Xiaolian, Deputy Governor of the People's Bank of China Stephen Roach, Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and Liu Mingkang, Chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission.

Full details of the forum and its programme are available here.