Academic Partnerships is responsible for developing and supporting the School's efforts to cooperate with a small number of high-quality universities across the world.
The School's approach to cooperation with other institutions is normally with one of two objectives in mind:
(i) to create very deep and meaningful links that enable both the LSE and its institutional partner to provide innovative world-class education to their students and to undertake innovative world-class research, dealing with real problems and issues; or
(ii) to establish a regular exchange of students or staff at the sub-institutional level that adds to the lustre and research environment of the sponsoring LSE academic Department, Institute or Research Centre.
The number of institutional partnerships will be very limited, as will the number of on-going agreements for the exchange of students or staff. The LSE only cooperates with universities that are known to share its high standards and public position.
Academic Partnerships is part of the External Relations Division, which includes the LSE China representative.
LSE collaborative activities
The School's collaborative activities include:
Degree Education, including double and joint degree programmes
Non-Degree Education, including a Summer School in China and an Executive Training Programme for Chinese civil servants
PhD Student and Staff exchanges
For more detailed information about LSE's collaborative activities click here.
LSE staff are involved in a wide range of collaborative research activities. For more information, including funding opportunities, click here.
The School also contributes to the University of London International Programmes (UoLIP), which offer a wide range of diplomas and degrees through distance learning to students worldwide. For more information on UoLIP programmes with academic direction provided by LSE, please click here.
LSE partner institutions
LSE has developed multi-faceted institutional partnerships with:
LSE is also further developing its relationship with the National University of Singapore, having already established cooperative activities with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
LSE sealed its first formal alliance with an African university, becoming official institutional partners with the University of Cape Town in South Africa with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in May 2010. For more information click here.
LSE is also a founding member of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), a network of institutions offering teaching and conducting research in a range of global policy-oriented disciplines. See GPPN for more information, including activities and events.
LSE has developed double Masters degree programmes with:
Fudan University (Shanghai)
Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
National University of Singapore (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy)
University of Southern California (Annenberg School for Communication)
And, an Erasmus Mundus double Masters degree programme with:
LSE has developed joint degree programmes with:
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
HEC School of Management (Paris) and NYU Stern School of Business
LSE has established various opportunities for its students to link an LSE Master's degree to postgraduate studies at another institution. For more information click here.
A number of LSE Departments have established bi-lateral Erasmus exchange agreements for graduate students (master's and PhD), who are eligible to apply for an Erasmus mobility grant if they are in full-time study. For more information click here .
Other arrangements exist to link a LSE research degree with a short period of study at another institution. These arrangements are usually in the form of a research exchange programme with an overseas institution affiliated with the School. Exchanges or other similar opportunities are only available within certain academic departments. An authoritative list is currently being compiled and, once available, will be accessible via a link here.