Co-hosting the International Postgraduate Summer School with University of Oxford
The International Postgraduate Summer School co-hosted by Lingnan University and the University of Oxford commenced on 24 June at Lingnan University, and attracted postgraduate students and faculty members from universities in Mainland China, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. This is the third year that Lingnan University and Oxford University have held a postgraduate summer school.
The Summer School lasts three weeks and provides a platform for scholars and research postgraduate students to discuss critical issues on interdisciplinary studies, which enrich participants’ horizons from traditionally discipline-based academic exploration. The first week of the Summer School was held at Lingnan University, followed by a two-week programme at Hertford College, Oxford University, UK.
In collaboration with leading institutions in Asia and the UK, the Summer School offers an opportunity for students from all over the world to establish their own research clusters, sharing interests and knowledge with world-renowned scholars to enrich their research experience. Other co-organisers of the International Postgraduate Summer School include Ewha Woman’s University, National Chengchi University, National Chung Cheng University, Peking University, South China University of Technology, and Zhejiang University.
On the first day of the Summer School, the keynote speaker, Prof Paul Cheung of the National University of Singapore talked about his experiences as director of the United Nations’ Statistics Division, Chief Statistician of the Government of Singapore, and an advisor to China and several Asian countries. Drawing on this and his expertise in statistics, Cheung discussed how the use of data and information in public policy formation, monitoring and evaluation has changed in the big data era.
The one-week programme at Lingnan University also offered a series of workshops on different research and methodological issues, as well as student presentations, field visits and social activities.