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Development along the New Silk Road: China and the CEE Summer School - June 2018 (preliminary programme)



In 2013, Chinese president Xi Jinping proposed the New Silk Road initiative to promote a closer connection between Asia and Europe. Given its geographical location, the Central East Europe (CEE) plays an important role in the Initiative. Since 2013, the economic, political and cultural cooperation between China and the CEE has greatly increased. To fully utilize the potential of the Initiative and to promote cooperation between the two regions the University of Economics in Prague and partners have decided to organize the summer school titled “Development along the New Silk Road: China and the CEE”. The summer school aims to promote people to people exchange and to provide knowledge and practical experience from many areas to the participants.


Dates and venue

The summer school takes place at the University of Economics in Prague, the Czech Republic from 18 to 29 June 2018 (participants may arrive on 16 June and leave on 1 July). For those who are accepted for internship part, please refer to the internship information.



The summer programme is focused on the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative and its potential between China and Central East European (CEE) countries. The programme offers a unique opportunity for students to learn more about economic and political relations between the two regions, lessons learned from the economic transformation in the CEE region as well as specific business and investment environment in the region. The programme is aimed at enhancing academic, business and international relations competency of the participants with many stimuli for their  personal development.

 The summer school is primarily open for master degree students, PhDs and young professionals in business, economy and international trade/relations fields. The courses are taught by leading academic experts from the Czech Republic together with distinguished guest lecturers (politicians, diplomats, businessmen) who will all share their knowledge with the students. Participants will also experience inspiring field visits to interesting sites in the Czech Republic. Selected students can obtain an internship in stimulating business organizations in the Czech Republic to enhance their competency development (please refer to the internship information).

Maximum capacity per study group is 25 students.


Course plan

–  International relations as a field of study, theories
– Current trend and development in international relations between world regions
– The New Silk Road Initiative and its perceptions in CEE and the world
– Evolution of CEE and China relations: 16+1 framework
Central and Eastern European countries in the world economy
– Main regions of the world economy and recent developments
– Transformation from CPE to ME in the CEE region
– Economic development in the CEE region
– Trade and investment relations between CEE and China


Who can apply?

The summer school is primarily for master and doctoral degree students of economics, business and/or international relations field or young professionals at the start of their careers. Lecturing language is English, so at least B2 proficiency is required.



The price includes:

  • Course fee
  • Study materials
  • Accommodation in dormitory hotel rooms
  • Transportation to/from the airport
  • Transportation for the field trips
  • Lunches and snacks during the courses
  • Selected extra evening and social activities


Application process

The application is submitted by sending the following requested documents on email address cee-china@vse.cz

  • Application form found here (Application Form)
  • Motivation letter in English (maximum 2 pages/3600 symbols including spaces)
  • Your CV in English

The application will be open from 15 January and closed on 31 April 2018. Participants are expected to pay the school fee within two weeks after their admission is confirmed. All necessary visa documents and materials are sent upon receiving the school fee.



Accommodation is provided in the students´ dormitory of the University of Economics, Prague. Every room is for 2 people and includes own toilet, bathroom and kitchen. There is free wi-fi in the dormitory. The dormitory is in a safe area and only couple tram stops (ca. 10 minutes) from the University where the lessons take place.











Why apply to our summer school? 

  • Prague is an extremely exciting city with very long history, beautiful sights and unforgettable atmosphere.
  • You will have a unique opportunity to meet new friends from various countries. There will be plenty extra-curricular activities for you to participate, so you will not be bored!
  • You will have a unique opportunity to explore the magic of Prague and the Czech Republic
  • You will have a unique opportunity to learn more about the CEE-China economic and political relations from leading experts.
  • You will have a unique opportunity to gain new skills, knowledge and experience that will help you in your career.
  • And much more…


Contact us

For more information about the summer school, please contact us at cee-china@vse.cz.