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Economy, innovation, opportunities

Villa Mondragone - Frascati (Rome), 24-28 July

The fast transformations in Chinese economy, society, politics are major topics discussed in our media, academia and by policymakers globally. New methodological perspectives and analytic frameworks can help us exploring the contrasting narratives on contemporary China, seizing the opportunities unfolding in front of us. Un-think and re-think the Chinese way of development during our international Summer School, engage yourself in the charming scenery of an Italian XVI century villa by debating with professors Kerry Brown, Markus Taube, Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Feng Xiaoming and many other outstanding scholars.



Registration of Participants and Welcome Remarks


Opening Lecture: From Deng to Xi: Economic Reform, Aspired Global Leadership and the Return of the Middle Kingdom

Yu Jie London School of Economics

tag: Chinese dream, Xi Jinping, Chinese society 


From Countryside to Metropolis: Towards One Billion Urban Residents 

Flemming Christiansen IN-EAST, University of Duisburg-Esssen

tag: environment, rights, consumptions, second child policy


Services, Flexibility and New Social Strata in the Chinese Society 

Flemming Christiansen IN-EAST, University of Duisburg-Essen

tag: job market, services, industry, inequalities


Welcome Lunch


China Leading Smart City Evolution 

Irantzu Allende Fernandez de Eribe ZTE

tag: infrastructures, mobility, sustainability


Between Past and Future, the Port of Venice as a Cultural-Economic Hub of the New Silk Road

Alessandra Cappelletti Centro Studi sulla Cina Contemporanea

tag: Venice, new silk road, cultural diplomacy


The Second Generations as Bridge between Italy and China 

Marco Wong Associna

tag: culture, cooperation, Italy-China


Sino-European Economic Relations at a Crossroad

Markus Taube Mercator School of Management, Duisburg

tag: European Union, Europe, international commerce, investments


Belt and Road Initiative: Meaning and Goals of China's Grand Strategy 

Markus Taube Mercator School of Management, Duisburg

tag: new silk road, international commerce, investments, infrastructures


Academic Exchanges and Programs Framed into the Belt and Road Initiative 

Tiziana Lippiello Ca' Foscari University of Venice

tag: Venice, new silk road, academic exchanges


Lunch (Buffet)


Made in Italy, the Road to China: a Long Term Perspective 

Giuliano Noci Polytechnic University of Milan

tag: export, manufacturunig, bilateral trade imbalances


Towards a Sino-Italian Platform to Innovation Development 

Giuliano Noci Polytechnic University of Milan

tag: innovation, cooperation, Italy-China


Changes in the Legal Framework and Regulations on Foreign Investments in China 

Laura Formichella Rome University of Tor Vergata Enrico Toti University of Roma Tre

tag: reforms, foreign investments


Chinese Communist Party on the Eve of its XIX Congress 

Kerry Brown Lau China Institute, King’s College, London

tag: reforms, Xi Jinping, anti-corruption campaign


One Party and Innovation, an Impossible Marriage? 

Kerry Brown Lau China Institute, King’s College, London

tag: made in China 2025, innovation, Chinese communist party


Innovation in PRC: Main Sectors, Challenges and Opportunities 

Leanne Chung Cardiff Business School – Cardiff University

tag: growth, innovation, manufacturing, services


China Innovation Strategies and their Impact on Italian Economy: a Focus on Eco-Friendly Vehicles Sector 

Leanne Chung Cardiff Business School – Cardiff University

tag: environment, pollution, innovation

13:00 14:30

Lunch (Buffet)


Transfer to Rome


Convegno: Il futuro delle telecomunicazioni e dell'ICT tra democrazia e sviluppo economico 

Sala del Refettorio Palazzo San Macuto, Roma                                                           PROGRAMMA


Understanding China's New Role in the Global Economic Governance 

Silvia Menegazzi LUISS Guido Carli, Rome

tag: world bank, wto, aiib, adb, g20, brics


Keynote Speech: U.S.-China Relations in the Time of Trump: Thoughts on New Technologies and Old Dilemmas, Novel Leaders and Familiar Fantasies 

Jeffrey Wasserstrom University of California Irvine

tag: Donald Trump, US-China relations, new economy


What Does the Chinese New Normal Mean for the World Economy 

Feng Xiaoming Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), 

tag: globalization, new normal, Xi Jinping 


China as "Green Champion": a New Care for Environment within the New Normal 

Francesca Spigarelli University of Macerata

tag: environment, green economy, new normal


Lunch (Buffet) with professors Feng and Wasserstrom 


Chinese Investments in Italy: Competitive Advantages of Local Areas, Firms and People 

Francesca Spigarelli University of Macerata

tag: Italy-China, investments


Roundtable: Will Beijing Become More Attractive than New York for Foreign Talents?

with Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Feng Xiaoming

tag: US-China, innovation, new economy


Italy's Promotional Strategies in China: Opportunities and Challenges 

Claudio Pasqualucci Italian Trade Agency ICE

tag: export, Italy-China, cooperation


Transfer to Rome


Farewell dinner with Alberto Bradanini discussing about CSCC projects, "Riso" Restaurant, Rome


Visit to ENEA labs: Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion as a Future Energy Source and its Environamental Sustainability

Franco Alladio ENEA

tag: innovation, nuclear energy, environment


Industry 4.0: How China and the EU Can Revolutionize Manufacturing Paradigms 

Francesco Vatalaro Rome University of Tor Vergata

tag: intelligent manufacturing, industry 4.0, China-EU


Internationalization of Research and Innovation Systems Between Italy and China for Scientific, Economic, Cultural Growth of the Two Countries 

Vincenzo Lipardi Città della Scienza

tag: cooperation, innovation hub, incubation, science and technology, start-up, digital fabrication


Coffee Break


Italy and China, Two Cultural Superpowers 

Vincenzo De Luca Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

tag: culture, cooperation, Italy-China


New trends in China's Semiconductor Industry and Market

Marco Re Rome University of Tor Vergata

tag: electronic, telecommunications, semiconductor


Closing Lecture: China-EU: Crucial Players for a New Economic Order 

Alberto Bradanini Centro Studi sulla Cina Contemporanea

tag: China-EU, cooperation, diplomacy

All the lessons are conducted in English and last 40 minutes. Each lesson is followed by a 20 minute session of Q&A


Understanding Global China Summer School is open to a maximum of 40 participants. Your first step to becoming a participant is an application. The application deadline is May 31, 2017. No further applications can be considered after this date.

The following documents are required for your application:

  • motivation letter
    In the motivation letter please describe how the courses are relevant to your academic curriculum, research or professional work, and in what way you expect to benefit from it. Please consult the detailed course descriptions on our “program” section to make sure that the motivation letter is in accordance with the main objectives of the Summer School.
  • curriculum vitae
    Please include a list of publications, if any.

The requested documents have to be send in a single .pdf file to the following e-mail address:

We will inform you within one week from the deadline whether your application was successful.

Fees and scholarships

Tuition fees depend on the status of the applicant.

Students from partner universities (listed here) EUR 300 
All other students EUR 400
Professionals EUR 500                                                     

The fee covers tuition, working materials and all the lunches, and shall be paid in full by all admitted participants before June 21, 2017. Fee once paid is not refundable or adjustable under any circumstances in future.



There are ten scholarships available, covering the admission fee.

Students only may apply for a scholarship.

Here below you can find the list of the documents needed to prepare the application:

  • Full curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, if any

  • Statement of purpose

  • Copy of an English certificate, and of any other diploma/certificate, if available

CSCC does not return application documents.

Those students who will be awarded with a scholarship will have their fee entirely reimbursed by October 31, 2017, provided they have taken part in at least 26 out of 28 hours of classes.



The only accepted means of payment is a direct bank transfer for the above mentioned amounts, depending on the participant’s status. Bank transfer costs MUST be covered in full by the participants.

Payee: Centro Studi sulla Cina Contemporanea

IBAN: IT38 U056 9603 2000 0001 2808 X14


Bank name: Banca Popolare di Sondrio

Bank address: 054 Roma agenzia 11

It is absolutely essential that the stated reason for payment is the following:

“NAME SURNAME, CSCC Summer School 2017”

Contact person

Michelangelo Cocco
Phone:  (+39) 340 586 25 42
Skype: michelangelo.cocco

Consultation hours: Monday/Friday: 9:30-12:30h

Student life

The town of Frascati is located on a green hill in the Lazio Region area called "Castelli Romani". An ancient Roma settlement, Frascati is today reknown for the international scientific laboratories it hosts, the most notable ones being the National Research Council (CNR) and the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA). Famous for its XVI century villas (including Villa Mondragone) and churches, the town enjoys a lively nightlife with its bistrots and tavernas. A perfect match between nature, science and cultural heritage, Frascati is an ideal historical location for students and scholars.


No support will be provided by CSCC for accomodation arrangements and related costs.
Nevertheless, CSCC has special agreements with the following facilities, which will offer discounted room prices for participants in "Understanding global China" Summer School.  


Hotel Colonna, piazza del Gesù 12, Frascati
Colonna Rooms Rental, via G. Matteotti 15, Frascati 


Hotel Cortina, via Nazionale 18, Roma

Due to the hi-season, we strongly recommend you to book well in advance.

How to get there

Students coming from Rome can reach Frascati easily.
There are trains to Frascati every hour from Rome Termini railway station for 4,20 EUR round ticket.
From Frascati train station, students will benefit from our daily bus directly to Villa Mondragone. The transfer back to Frascati train station is also granted at the end of the lessons (free of charge).



ZTE Corporation. Founded in 1985 and listed in the Shenzhen and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges, ZTE Corporation is one of the biggest telecommunications providers in the word. It has offices in 160 countries and employs more than 85,000 people. The revenues in 2015 have been 13,6 billion Euro.


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