As one of the oldest colleges in the University of Oxford, St Edmund Hall aims to further its various China development projects. The Oxford Chinese Economy Programme (OXCEP) is a task force specifically established for St Edmund Hall and solely based at St Edmund Hall, in order to spearhead and implement such projects, including the related forums and workshops, distinguished speaker lectures, short courses, visiting fellow programme and visiting student programme at St Edmund Hall. Professor John Knight, Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall, takes primary responsibility for the academic contents of such courses and programmes.

* Forums and Workshops

The OXCEP Forums and Workshops at St Edmund Hall invite top Chinese academics and key decision-makers to discuss the issues relating to Chinese economy, thereby building an influential link between Oxford and China.

* Distinguished Speaker Lectures

The OXCEP Distinguished Speaker Lecture Programme invites world-renowned academics and key decision-makers to give open lectures at Oxford, on frontier topics of Chinese economy. It also makes arrangements for St Edmund Hall academics in various disciplines to visit and lecture at top Chinese universities.

* Short Courses for Chinese academics and professionals

The OXCEP Short Courses at the Hall are to train faculty members, clinicians and professionals of top Chinese universities, who would likely be promoted to high-level policy-making positions.

* Visiting Fellow Programme

The OXCEP Visiting Fellow Programme invites top Chinese scholars to spend time at St Edmund Hall, in order to conduct joint research with their counterparts at Oxford. St Edmund Hall alone makes the appointment decisions.

* Visiting Student Programme

The OXCEP Visiting Student Programme is part of the existing St Edmund Hall Visiting Student Programme. The undergraduate students study at Oxford for a full academic year. St Edmund Hall alone makes the admission decisions.

About the College

St Edmund Hall is one of the 38 colleges of Oxford University. It has more than 500 students, studying a wide range of subjects including Economics. It contains the China Growth Centre. Long before any colleges at Oxford were built, the scholars of Oxford lived and were taught in small communities and houses known as halls, organised and ruled by a Master of Arts. Of these original Oxford communities, only St Edmund Hall through accidents of history still survives, now as a full College of the University. The earliest written record of St Edmund Hall dates back to 1317. The College took its name from St Edmund of Abingdon, who is traditionally believed to have lived and taught here in the early thirteenth century. It is situated in the heart of Oxford , five minutes walk from the centre of the city. For more information about St Edmund Hall, please visit the St Edmund Hall website.


In November 2015, the OXCEP announced the award of its first OXCEP Graduate Scholarship in Social Science at the Hall. Thereafter, the OXCEP has been making financial contributions to the Hall’s general scholarship funds annually. In July 2018, the OXCEP also announced the award of its first OXCEP Graduate Scholarship for DPhil study in Clinical Medicine at the Hall.

Natural Expansion

Over the years the OXCEP has successfully established its work relationship with various Oxford colleges, divisions and departments, in the implementation of its programmes. Natural expansion of its operations is expected, in order to help facilitate the increasing volume and value of academic collaboration between Oxford and China.