Introduction

As many countries in the West experienced very low or even negative rates of economic growth since the recent financial crisis, China’s GDP has grown at an average 10% rate since 1990 and Beijing overtook Germany as the world’s largest exporter. In the wake of the Middle Kingdom’s continuing economic successes, some have started talking about “the Beijing consensus” replacing the economic and political ideas of the previously dominant “Washington consensus” as the new recipe for managing a country’s political and economic system.

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is also becoming increasingly assertive on the world stage, both in the arena of diplomacy at various summits and multilateral forums as well as with regard to its military development program. China’s first aircraft carrier entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy in 2012 and some analysts claim that Beijing is building what is shaping up to be the world’s biggest submarine fleet. If we add Beijing’s recent achievements in anti-missile technology to the mix, we end up with the picture of a new powerful player that is ready to change the present-day global geopolitical balance.

On the other hand the image of a new superpower willing and able to take on the United States and other established world players is being undermined by various factors, China’s domestic problems in the first place. Chinese farmers engage in tens of thousands of protests every year while people in the cities swing between admiration for the West’s lifestyle and aggressive nationalism. More than anything else, the PRC is a volatile mix of no-holds-barred urban capitalism and a rural countryside with hundreds of millions of poor villagers. Overseeing this mix is an authoritarian political regime plagued by corruption whose legitimacy predominantly rests on maintaining solid annual GDP growth while keeping the unemployment low – a combination that is unlikely to be tenable in the long-term.

Objectives

The summer school on “China: A World Superpower – Myth or Reality?” will deal with a highly complex puzzle, which includes Chinese domestic politics, its economy, Beijing’s foreign policy and position in the current world order. A lot of attention will be paid to the Trump administration’s relations with the Middle Kingdom. The main aim of the program is therefore to explore, examine and understand how these phenomena relate to and influence each other.

Upon finishing the program, the students will ideally have gained a clearer picture of China’s capabilities as well as weaknesses and should understand the Beijing consensus, where the People`s Republic of China is headed and what China’s superpower ambitions will mean for other states, in both a short-term and long-term perspective. Visit ACADEMICS to find out more about the program.

Program History

Since 2003 Prague Summer Schools brought to Prague more than a thousand outstanding students from all over the World for an intensive academic week to learn and discuss various topics. The summer school on China was launched for the first time in 2011. With its intrinsically multidisciplinary approach focusing on political, economic, military and social aspects, has already attracted almost one hundred students to Prague.

Founders Word

china_lepsDear Students and Colleagues,

I have studied China and Chinese-American relations for approximately two decades and I believe that the so-called „China’s rise“ is one of the most fascinating phenomena in contemporary international relations. So join me for a week full of information, academic discussion as well as fun. I look forward to seeing you in Prague!

Best regards,

Jakub Leps

Testimonials

„Overall a very pleasureful experience. Informative and Inspiring program.“

Alumnus, Summer School 2017

I am totally satisfied with the professional program. It was really well organized and the lectures were pretty good structured. I learnt a lot during the summer school and I just hope that I will be able to take part next year as well! I am very thankful to be here.

Alumnus, Summer School 2016

I really enjoyed the program: Jakub, Jana and others did deliver good and enthusiastic lectures. Slides and resources were well prepared and the assistants did an amazing job in supporting students. I am glad I have taken this course.

Alumnus, Summer School 2015

Practicalities

The classes will be held at the Prague Summer Schools venue (Marianeum, Machova 7, Vinohrady, Prague 2, website). Accommodation will be provided to students in double rooms at the accommodation facilities in the venue or Hotel Ametyst  which is located within a walking distance from the venue. Each room is equipped with a shower, WC, satellite TV, Internet connection and telephone. Meals provided by the organizer will include breakfasts served in the hotel and dinners in restaurant located nearby the Summer School venue. As the days are demanding there will be coffee, tea and small snack available free of charge during the breaks between lectures.

Apply now! Applications are reviewed on rolling basis.