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Standard Chartered and LSE announce International Relations and Politics Professorship

Standard Chartered Bank and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) have created a new Professorship in International Relations and Politics.

Standard Chartered will finance a Professor at the School to be based in the Departments of Government and International Relations. The appointee will examine the global and regional dynamics of international politics with a specific focus on socio-political developments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The award will be known as the Patrick Gillam Professorship in International Relations and Politics. It is named after former Standard Chartered Chairman, Sir Patrick Gillam who has a strong commitment to higher education. Sir Patrick graduated with a BA honours degree in history from LSE in 1954. He has been a governor of the School since 1989, and was made an honorary fellow in 1999. Sir Patrick retired from Standard Chartered in May 2003, after ten years as chairman.

Standard Chartered Bank also supports a number of international scholars at LSE on the External Study programme. Standard Chartered's new chairman, Bryan Sanderson, is also a keen supporter of LSE. He graduated with a BSc Econ degree from the School in 1962. He said: 'We are very pleased to be able to support the professorship. This underlines Standard Chartered's ongoing commitment to higher education and learning.'

Mervyn Davies, group chief executive of Standard Chartered said: 'We are delighted to make this award in honour of Sir Patrick Gillam. As one of the world's leading international banks in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the Gillam Professorship in International Politics provides a tremendous opportunity to benefit from enhanced research and learning in this growing academic field. We're expecting great things.'

Mary Blair, LSE's director of development, worked on creating the Professorship with Florian Lennert, director of corporate relations at LSE. She said: 'We are very grateful to Standard Chartered for choosing to honour Sir Patrick in this way. Creating this new Professorship enables us to continue developing research of the highest intellectual standard, and to recruit outstanding academics in the field of international relations.'

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For further information contact:

  • Judith Higgin, Press Officer, LSE, on 020 7955 7582
  • Caoimhe Buckley, Standard Chartered, on 020 7280 7708

Notes to editors:

LSE

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a world-class centre for its concentration of teaching and research across the full range of the social, political and economic sciences. Founded in 1895 by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, with around 7,500 full and part-time students from more than 150 countries worldwide, LSE has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence, rated second in the UK in the latest survey of university research excellence.

The world's leading emerging markets bank

Standard Chartered is the world's leading emerging markets bank. It employs 29,000 people in over 500 offices in more than 50 countries in the Asia Pacific Region, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, United Kingdom and the Americas.

The Bank serves both Consumer and Wholesale banking customers. Consumer Banking provides credit cards, personal loans, mortgages, deposit taking and wealth management services to individuals and small/medium sized businesses. The Wholesale Bank provides services to multinational, regional and domestic corporate and institutional clients in trade finance, cash management, custody, lending, foreign exchange, interest rate management and debt capital markets.

With 150 years in the emerging markets the Bank has unmatched knowledge and understanding of its customers in its markets. Standard Chartered recognises its responsibilities to its staff and to the communities in which it operates.

27 June 2003

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