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Engaging with the wider community

LSE seeks to engage with the wider community through a diverse range of activities.

LSE staff advise policymakers in governments, non-governmental organisations and businesses around the world. Many LSE academics maintain a high media profile, influencing opinion-formers and ensuring that the insights from cutting-edge research undertaken at LSE feed into public debates. This has led to extensive mentions of LSE in the media as academics have commented on issues such as the global financial crisis, the London Mayoral election and the American presidential election.

The School's influence is also extended through its prestigious public events programme, which has attracted such speakers as Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama.

The School has a high international profile and level of engagement. Its Summer Schools, run in London, in China with Peking University and in South Africa with the University of Cape Town, provide an opportunity for university-level students and professionals from around the world to take courses delivered by internationally renowned specialists in their fields. Courses are intensively taught over two or three weeks and examined to the standards of comparable LSE courses.

LSE runs 15 programmes designed to engage, and encourage, young people from London state schools to consider higher education. A further two programmes provide teachers and parents with up-to-date HE information and support. LSE contributes academic direction to a number of external programmes offered by the University of London. All of these activities form part of our commitment to widening educational participation and continued diversity.

Finally, LSE Enterprise offers a professional interface with LSE's academic departments, institutes and research centres. It enables and facilitates the commercial application of LSE expertise and intellectual resources.