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LSE to host its sixth LSE Asia Forum in Malaysia

malaysia flagThe London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) will host the next LSE Asia Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in April 2014. This is the sixth LSE Asia Forum and the first time it has been held in Malaysia.

The School will also celebrate the graduation of LSE students from Asia during the event with its first graduation ceremony to be held in the country.

The Asia Forum, which will take the theme ‘Building Asian futures: integration, welfare and growth?’, was announced by LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun today, during a visit to the country's capital.

Professor Craig Calhoun, Director of LSE, said: “LSE has a longstanding relationship with Malaysia so it is with great pleasure that I can announce that it will be the venue for the next LSE Asia Forum. We shall also hold our first graduation ceremony in Malaysia at the same time.

“The LSE Asia Forum is a flagship event in the region. By bringing together respected academics with eminent figures from the worlds of government, policy and business, we aim to enable a perspective on key themes facing Asian societies which is both global and reflects the expertise of Asia itself. I am sure that next year’s discussions will be both challenging and enlightening.”

Kuala LumpurOver 500 people are expected to attend the conference, which will feature eminent speakers from Malaysia and other Asian countries as well as from LSE. Nobel Laureate Sir Christopher Pissarides, who is Regius Professor Designate and School Professor of Economics and Political Science at LSE, is among those already confirmed to attend.

The Forum will explore a wide range of issues facing the region, and the world, today. There will be four key sessions, each led by an eminent academic from LSE.

The emphasis will be on the expertise LSE can contribute to society in areas such as finance; banking; risk management; financial regulation; life after the economic crisis and growth and development.

Previous LSE Asia Forums have been held in Thailand, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and China.

Building Asian futures: integration, welfare and growth?' will take place on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 April 2014 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

LSE's first Malaysian graduation ceremony will also be held at the Shangri-La Hotel on Wednesday 2 April 2014.

More on the LSE Asia Forum 2014.



Jess Winterstein, LSE Press Office, 020 7107 5025, j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk  

Dane Barr, Geometry Global, +6012 650 9896, dane.barr@geometry.com  


LSE has a longstanding relationship with Malaysia and has Malaysian alumni dating back to the 1950s. Around 300 students a year from Malaysia come to study at LSE and there are now over 1,500 LSE alumni living in Malaysia. The LSE Alumni Group in Malaysia was founded in 1985 and is one of the largest LSE alumni groups in Asia.

The Asia Forum will feature four plenary sessions:

  • Shift of economic power to East led by Professor Danny Quah, Kuwait Professor of Economics and International Development at LSE. Professor Quah has also served on Malaysia’s National Economic Advisory Council.
  • Cities and urbanisation led by Professor Ricky Burdett, director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age programme and professor of urban studies. Professor Burdett was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics and an adviser to the Olympic Legacy Park Company.
  • International and regional relations in Asia led by Professor Arne Westad, co-director of LSE IDEAS and professor of international history. Professor Westad’s book, The Global Cold War, won the Bancroft Prize and several other awards, and has been published in fourteen languages.
  • Finance led by Professor Charles Goodhart, director of the Financial Regulation Research Programme at LSE. Professor Goodhart is former Chief Advisor to the Bank of England and has also served on the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee.

Professor Tim Besley will also give a speech entitled ‘Leveraging Asia's success’. Tim Besley is School Professor of Economics and Political Science at LSE and has served on the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee.

9 October 2013