Peking University & University of Chicago International Policy Action Lab 2020 Officially Launches

July 10, 2020

On the evening of Jul. 5th, Beijing local time, the opening ceremony of International Policy Action Lab (IPAL), a summer program held by the cooperation of Peking University and the University of Chicago, convenes virtually on Zoom platform. The ceremony marks the official initiation of this international program that has been striving to provide students around the world with professional knowledge and practical research skill for many years.

The opening ceremony begins at Beijing time 8 p.m., with the IPAL program team and 74 students from different countries unit in the Zoom meeting room. The ceremony is hosted by Shilin Liu, Director of International Partnerships and Executive Education of Harris School of Public Policy and the administrative director of the IPAL program, who starts the ceremony with welcome message to the students.

Prof. Xuezheng Qin, Academic Director of the Peking University team for the program and Vice Dean of School of Economics Peking University, first speaks on behave of Peking University. He offers his welcome to students and wishes them a memorable summer and a meaningful experience in the courses, supported by the excellent teaching faculties from the two top universities.

Prof. Junjian Yi, part-time professor at Peking University Economics School and assistant professor at the National University of Singapore, encourages program students with his own studying experience at Peking University and the University of Chicago. He then introduces the outline situations of the required module Policy Analysis and Casual Inferences he is responsible for.

Academic Director of UChicago program team, assistant professor at Harris School of Public Policy Austin Wright welcomes the students on behave of the University of Chicago, claiming that the program guarantees students unique experience similar to that of studying at the University of Chicago. He will lead the project module organized by teaching assistants at the University of Chicago and provides students with direct data and authentic research experience. Students will also further develop applied econometrics knowledge and R-Project programming skills.

The ceremony continues with the lead teaching assistant Geet Chawla and the program manager Andie Ingram Eccles providing technological instructions on the use of online platforms that will support students over the virtual program. They also introduce the organizations of the program from perspectives including course outlines and community activities. The ceremony concludes with the community activities wherein students have the first chance to introduces themselves to and virtually meet with their peers with whom they will collaborate in the following weeks, taking their first step into the IPAL community.

Influenced by the pandemic, Peking University & University of Chicago International Policy Action Lab summer program will be held virtually through online teaching in 2020. In the following three weeks, students will learn from famed instructors from Peking University, National University of Singapore, and the University of Chicago through pre-recorded lectures and live lectures and discussions, and will be equipped with knowledge andf skills in R-Project language, policy analysis and casual inferences, and applied econometrics. The program also grants students with the opportunity to develop their own research with the Capstone Project wherein they can be involved in research projects with significant data and sufficient room for creativity.

For interested applicants, please click HERE to visit the program website.