LSE draws its staff from 103 countries and its students from 140 countries worldwide. It also has an influential network of over 160,000 alumni in 190 countries, with more than 80 active alumni groups.
In 2014-15 the School had 9,600 full-time students and around 700 part-time students. Of these, approximately 60 per cent were postgraduates. Around two-thirds of students came from outside the UK. In addition, there are over 400 students studying on Executive MSc programmes.
In all, just under 2,000 people work full-time for LSE and 1,400 part-time. About 44 per cent of LSE's staff are drawn from countries outside the UK.
LSE staff are at the forefront of their disciplines. They advise governments, public bodies and government inquiries, and are frequently seconded to national and international organisations. LSE academics are frequently in the news, commenting on major issues of the day.
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