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LSE marks donation to establish a Malaysia Room in its New Academic Building

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Photograph of Dato Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad BadawiThe honourable prime minister of Malaysia, Dato Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, visited LSE today (Tuesday 23 January) to attend the ceremony of handing over of a donation of £50,000 that will install a Malaysia Room at the LSE New Academic Building. Howard Davies, Director of LSE, received the cheque from the president of the LSE Alumni Society of Malaysia, Dato Dr Munir Majid (BSc Economics 1971 and PhD International Relations 1978).

Speaking today, Howard Davies said: 'I am delighted that there will be a room in our new building named to mark the longstanding links between Malaysia and LSE. We are most grateful to Dato Dr. Munir Majid and all those who have contributed.'

The ceremony took place at 11am in the Shaw Library at LSE and was attended by over 90 Malaysian students, including representatives from the Committee of the LSE Malaysian-Singapore Society and the LSE Malaysian Club.

The alumni donors included Dato Dr Munir Majid, Dato Azman Yahya, Dato Lee Hau Hian, Carmen Chua and the LSE Alumni Society of Malaysia. Dr Majid said: 'This is a meaningful and exciting event for us all and we were extremely pleased and honoured to have the presence of the Prime Minister. This donation reflects the strong ongoing connection between Malaysia and the School. I was also very happy to see so many Malaysian students currently at the LSE at the event.'


Contact: Jess Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 


The New Academic Building at 24 Kingsway will see LSE more than double its teaching space when it opens in autumn 2008. It will contain three new lecture theatres, more than 30 classrooms, research facilities and academic offices on the upper floors.

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23 January 2007