Wai Loong Tang

Singapore

MSc History of International Relations

I have always been a huge history buff, collecting historical tomes to read in my spare time so studying History of International Relations was an easy choice -  it married both my personal and professional interests. What I particularly like about the course is the rich mentorship that I get from the professors who are part of this illustrious programme. Burning questions and alternative histories that I have held in my head for years whilst reading these tomes finally have an outlet, through the numerous debates and lectures.

The historical significance and central location of LSE are some of the reasons why I love studying here - the stunning Royal Inns of Court are right on the doorstep of LSE and Fleet Street, synonymous with the British press, a place that shaped British public opinion for decades, is just around the corner. The idea that the Webbs, George Bernard Shaw and Halford Mackinder (the founder of geopolitics) played key roles in the formative years of the school gives me a huge buzz. The world-class history of the institution is unsurpassed by nearly all and to be part of this heritage has been such a huge honour.

I am deeply appreciative of being able to learn from world class teachers and prefessors. Just listening to their thoughts and ideas, and simply engaging with them has been invaluable for my intellectual development. My experiences in LSE and the UK in general have broadened my horizons, enriched my world-view, and served as a perfect counterpoint to my professional experience in Asia.

I was lucky to be granted both the Chevening scholarship from the British government as well as a scholarship from the Singaporian government and I will be returning home after I graduate to join the Singapore Civil Service.

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