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New London-Bilbao educational link focuses on urban regeneration

Representatives of LSE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with civic and business leaders of the Spanish city of Bilbao to inaugurate a programme of seminars on Cities, Architecture and Society in the 21st Century.

Dr Peter Hirst, Chief Executive of Enterprise LSE, travelled to Bilbao on Wednesday 7 February to sign the Memorandum with Sr Josu Bergara, President of the Diputación of Bizakaia, Sr Jose Ignacio Berroeta, President of the Bilbao-Bizkaia Kutxa, and Sr Ignacio Azkuna, Mayor of Bilbao.

The programme will consist of seven seminars involving academics from LSE, one of the world's leading social science institutions, headed by sociologist and Third Way author Professor Anthony Giddens.

The seminars, to be held during 2001, are being financed jointly by Bilbao-Bizkaia Kutxa and the Diputación of Bizkaia. They will be administered in Bilbao by ZEIA and Metropoli 30.

This is LSE´s first project of this scale in Bilbao, and follows the successful programme of postgraduate seminars organised by Enterprise LSE, Fundación Caja Madrid and ZEIA now in its second year in Madrid.

Dr Peter Hirst said: "Enterprise LSE is particularly delighted to launch this programme in Bilbao, a city that has recently transformed itself through the construction of the Guggenheim Museum and an ambitious programme of urban regeneration."

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Contact Dr Peter Hirst on +44 20 7955 6852 in London

Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, on +44 20 7955 7582

7 February 2001

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