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Professor Anthony Giddens visits Brazil

World-renowned sociologist and Third Way thinker Professor Anthony Giddens visits Brazil this month to launch a UK government drive to promote the excellence of British universities.

Professor Giddens is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, the world's leading social science institution, which lists 28 current and former world heads of state among its alumni, as well as economists such as George Soros, and distinguished Brazilians including President Cardoso, Celso Luiaz Nunes Amorim and Miriam Costa Rebollo Camera. LSE currently has around 50 Brazilian undergraduates and postgraduates studying in London and more than 240 Brazilian alumni.

During his two-day visit (Friday June 30 and Saturday July 1), Professor Giddens will be the keynote speaker at the launch of the British Council's Education UK event in the newly-opened Centro Brasileiro Britânico in Sao Paulo. He will also meet with former students of LSE, academics, leading intellectuals and politicians in Sao Paulo and Brasilia.

Last year Professor Giddens was presented with the prestigious National Order of the Southern Cross, Grand Official Class, Brazil at the Brazilian Embassy in London for services to academic and intellectual life.

He said: "It is a great privilege to visit Brazil to promote the high quality of the UK's education system. The forces of globalisation mean that excellence in education is now a worldwide issue, and the British Council is at the forefront of this international campaign."

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Journalists are invited to attend the launch of Education UK. Please contact Mr Adrian Odell at the British Council in Sao Paulo on email adrian.odell@britishcouncil.org.br| or telephone 00 55 11 3038 6933.

To contact Professor Giddens while in Brazil, please telephone Tim Rogers, LSE Student Recruitment Manager, at The Renaissance Hotel, Sao Paulo on telephone number 00 55 11 3069 2233.

LSE, located in the heart of London, had around 7,000 students, 46 per cent undergraduates and 54 per cent postgraduates, from the UK and more than 130 countries worldwide, studying across 18 academic departments and 32 research centres and institutes. See www.lse.ac.uk| for more information

22 June 2000

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