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Atlantic link strengthened between LSE and Columbia University

The London School of Economics and Political Science today announced a further development in its partnership with New York's renowned Columbia University.

LSE and Columbia have agreed both to work together on a number of specific projects and develop a wider-ranging 'special relationship', covering research and teaching development.

Together with colleagues from both institutions, Professor Stephen Hill, Deputy Director of LSE, and Professor Michael M Crow, Columbia's Executive Vice Provost and Professor of Science and Technology Policy, have been meeting over the course of the last year to see how the two institutions might work more closely together in future.

A joint Columbia/LSE management committee has been meeting since February to oversee developments in three particular projects:

  • collaboration with natural scientists from Columbia's Earth Institute and social scientists from LSE to develop joint research in the area of Hazard, Risk and Emergencies
  • an innovative postgraduate teaching programme in Public Policy the development of digital content for teaching and learning,

Professor Hill said: 'This partnership with Columbia builds on the links we have already established during the last two years, with the online knowledge service Fathom, and the business education company UNext. We realised there was much we admired and could learn from each other, and decided to turn this into a more substantial arrangement. The prospect of joint activities between LSE in London and Columbia in New York is very attractive to our students and staff.'

Professor Crow said: 'Globalisation will require universities to work together as never before. We are looking to build a broad and deep link with LSE, which we see as a key institution, and our friend and partner.'



Professor Stephen Hill
Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, on +44 (0)20 7955 7582

Professor Michael M Crow
Columbia University Press Office, on +001 212 854 5573


  • LSE, the world's leading social science institution, has around 7,300 full-time and part-time undergraduates and postgraduates from more than 130 countries worldwide. A range of social science programmes are taught in 18 departments, with research activity based in more than 30 research centres or institutes. LSE this year opened a new £6.5m social and economic Research Laboratory based in its £30m re-designed Lionel Robbins Building. In the last national UK Research Assessment Exercise, LSE was rated in the top three with Cambridge and Oxford for the excellence of its research. LSE has more than 60,000 registered alumni, the largest group based in the US.
  • Columbia University, a leading US research institution, has more than 22,000 students from over 145 nations. Approximately 7,200 full- and part-time faculty teach and research in 69 academic departments and divisions. Columbia has schools of arts and sciences, journalism, social work, architecture, public health, engineering, international and public affairs, art, business, law, medicine, dentistry and nursing. Research expenditures last year were more than US$450 million. Columbia has had 58 Nobel laureates.
  • Fathom is an online knowledge service created by Columbia University and LSE to project the values and content of the world's greatest universities and cultural institutions into the digital world. See www.fathom.com

UNext was established as an education company by partners Columbia Business School; Stanford University; University of Chicago Graduate School of Business; Carnegie Mellon University; and LSE. See www.unext.com|

19 July 2001