As centenary celebrations for the Entente Cordiale between Britain and France draw to a close, 120 French students and staff from Sciences-Po, Paris, are paying a return trip to LSE.
The visit on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 December coincides with President Chirac's state visit to the UK. It is also a reciprocal visit, as earlier this year around a hundred LSE students went to Paris. They were hosted by both the French and the British ambassadors at an Entente Centennial ceremony at the Chateau de Breteuil.
The French guests will be welcomed with a reception at the School, hosted by the Director. This will be followed by a formal evening event at Hatfield House, hosted by Lord Salisbury and organised by the Franco-British Student Association, the LSE Students' Union and the Sciences-Po Paris Bureau des Elèves.
LSE and Sciences-Po launched a double degree programme in international affairs in January 2004. The programme focuses on international politics and diplomacy taught by world class faculty of each institution. A feature of the programme is a special seminar in which students will be taught by practising diplomats. On graduation students, who will be fluent in French and English, will have the Master of Sciences-Po and the MSc in the Practice of International Affairs from LSE.
Khurshid Faizullaev, LSE SU communications officer said: 'We are looking forward to returning the amazing hospitality LSE students received in France in April and May and to showing our Parisian counterparts what student life at LSE is like and introducing them to our legendary UGM.'
Yves Djimi, chairman of the Franco-British Student Association said: 'These visits are a triumph for both students' unions, and allow for a great sense of kinship between both organisations and the students themselves.'
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Sciences Po offers several curricula, ranging from undergraduate to doctoral programs. In addition to its regular student body of 6,000, each year 6,200 public and private sector executives and managers enroll in continuing education courses at Sciences Po. Sciences Po is one of the leading institutions for social science research in France, with a wealth of scholars in political science, sociology, economics and history. Affiliated to it are 8 research centre, 173 research and faculty members, a Doctoral School with 600 doctoral students. With 900,000 volumes including 620,000 books, 4,500 newspapers, reviews and periodicals, a wide variety of digital resources, Sciences Po has the richest humanities and social science library in continental Europe. The Presses de Sciences Po with six academic journals, a catalogue of 950 titles (30 new titles per year) contribute to disseminating scholarship in French humanities and social sciences on both the national and international levels.
The London School of Economics and Political Science is the world's leading social sciences institution for teaching and research. Based in the heart of London, LSE has more than 8,000 full and part-time students from more than 150 countries world-wide. Around half of the students are undergraduates, the other half postgraduates and researchers, studying in 19 departments and around 30 research centres or institutes. LSE alumni and former staff include 13 Nobel prize winners, 29 past or present Heads of State, and around 60 current UK MPs or members of the House of Lords.
24 November 2004