Imperial College and the London School of Economics and Political Science announced today that they have agreed to collaborate in various academic and administrative areas. This follows six months' exploratory discussions.
The two colleges have many complementary strengths that will be greatly enhanced by closer cooperation.
Academic groups at IC and LSE hope to work together in areas such as health management, environmental policy and law and risk management.
Collaboration in a number of administrative areas is also planned. Overseas student recruitment, project management and bid preparation have already been identified.
'There is a great deal of complementarity between the activities of Imperial and LSE - both renowned specialist colleges in London - and we see significant potential in this collaboration', said Sir Richard Sykes, Rector of Imperial College.
LSE Director Professor Anthony Giddens said: 'This collaboration will be an exciting opportunity to develop intellectual and research connections between the social and natural sciences.'
Contact Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7582
Abigail Smith, Imperial Press Office, on 020 7594 6701
Notes to editors
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. In the last Research Assessment Exercise, LSE was rated in the top three with Cambridge and Oxford for the excellence of its research. LSE this year opened a new £6.5m social and economic Research Laboratory in its re-designed £30m Lionel Robbins Building.
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine is an independent constituent part of the University of London. Founded in 1907, the College teaches a full range of science, engineering, medical and management disciplines at the highest level. The College is the largest scientific, technological and medical university institution in the UK, with one of the largest annual turnovers (UKP339 million in 1999-2000) and research incomes (UKP176 million in 1999-2000). Web site at www.ic.ac.uk
19 July 2001