Several newspapers in Greece have recently carried reports suggesting that LSE is about to establish offices or even a campus in Athens.
Howard Davies, director of LSE, has written to the editors of the major Greek newspapers to correct these suggestions. He writes:
'Let me state unequivocally: these stories are untrue. LSE has no plans to establish a campus or offices in Greece and has no plans to enter the debate in Greece about university provision.
'Some of this confusion has been caused by promotion and marketing of the Hellenic Management Association (EEDE), which may have wrongly given the impression that it has a special bilateral relationship with LSE. Again, this is not true. We have asked staff at EEDE to help retract these misleading stories.
'LSE has a long record of close links with Greece and we value our extensive network of alumni. Our Hellenic Observatory research centre is very active in promoting Greek studies in the UK. I would not wish any of these linkages to be affected by misleading stories in the Greek press.'
The confusion has arisen, it seems, because of the School's links with the University of London's External Programme - a distance learning programme which students can take up individually, or which they can follow with the help of a locally-based teaching college.
Since 1994, LSE has worked in partnership with the University of London External Programme to offer undergraduate degrees in economics, management finance and the social sciences to students worldwide. These programmes are developed and assessed by LSE academics. Today, more than 10,000 students are enrolled on the programme.
Students gain an internationally recognised diploma or degree from the University of London, with the assurance of high quality courses, some of whose structure and content, subject guides and other study materials have been developed by LSE academics.
Is LSE opening a campus or branch in Athens?
No. We continue to have excellent relationships with prospective students from Greece, with academic colleagues in Greece, and with around 1,700 registered Greek alumni but there are no plans to establish an LSE campus in Athens or elsewhere in Greece.
See Hellenic Observatory and Alumni Relations
If I study for the External Study programme, does that make me an LSE student?
All External students are registered with the University of London and not LSE. External students are, therefore, University of London students not LSE students. However, LSE is 'Lead College' for undergraduate External study programmes in economics, management, finance and the social sciences. This means LSE is responsible for developing the syllabuses and study materials, and setting and marking examinations. As a result, standards are high.
If I study for the External Study programme, do I receive an LSE degree?
Graduates of the External Study programme receive a University of London award (whether a degree or a diploma). The academic standard of this award is the same as that awarded to a student who has studied on campus at LSE. The University's Statute 66(2) states: 'Candidates granted degrees and other awards shall have attained the same academic standard irrespective of mode or place of study or examination'. LSE awards University of London degrees. There is no LSE degree.
Do I need to study at a college in my own country for the External Programme?
The External Programme is designed for maximum flexibility and, for most programmes, External students do not have to attend a local teaching institution. The External Programme is designed for independent study and External students are free to study anywhere and at any time. However, many students wanting supplementary private tuition attend a local institution where this is available. In these cases, students are responsible for making their own arrangements and for checking the integrity of the institution. An exception to this is the Diploma in Economics; it is compulsory for all External students registered for this Diploma to study at a local institution. Such institutions have been granted 'Permission to Teach' status by LSE which means they have been checked by LSE staff and found to offer a good standard of teaching. University of London International Programmes with academic direction provided by LSE.
How can I find out more about the External Study programme?
Go to University of London External Programme: http://www.londonexternal.ac.uk/
26 May 2004