The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world.
LSE was founded in 1894 and has grown to become one of the foremost social science universities in the world, ranked alongside Harvard, UC Berkeley and Stanford.
A specialist university with an international intake, LSE's reach extends from its central London campus to around the world.
- The School has a cosmopolitan student body, with around 9,000 students from 140 countries
- It also has a cosmopolitan staff of just over 3,000, with about 45 per cent drawn from countries outside the UK
- Over 100 languages are spoken on LSE's campus
- An influential network of 96,000 LSE alumni straddle the world, covering 199 countries
NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS
A total of 15 Nobel prize winners in economics, peace and literature have been either LSE staff or alumni. The first was George Bernard Shaw, one of the founders of LSE, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1925. The most recent was Professor Paul Krugman, an associate in the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE, who was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2008.
WORLD LEADERS, MPS AND HOUSE OF LORDS
In all, 34 past or present world leaders have studied or taught at LSE and 31 current members of the UK House of Commons and 42 members of the House of Lords have also either taught or studied at LSE.
A wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in social sciences are taught across 23 academic departments and interdisciplinary institutes and centers.
LSE has established a global network with a small number of high quality universities across the world. There are multi-faceted institutional partnerships with Columbia University (New York), Sciences Po (Paris), Peking University (Beijing), the National University of Singapore and - since may 2010 - the University of Cape Town.
LSE has one of the most prestigious public events programs in the world. Nelson Mandela, Dmitry Medvedev, Bill Clinton, Angela Merkel, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron have all spoken at LSE.
The school is a member of CEMS (Global Alliance in Management Education) international associations.