The London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Cape Town became institutional partners in May 2010. Both institutions aim to form partnerships with a small number of high-quality universities across the world in order to broaden their academic reach by creating innovative opportunities for students and promoting world-class research.
LSE and UCT have complementary expertise and foci, with strong track records in bridging research and policy communities. The close relationship between LSE and UCT allows for genuine, systematic and sustained institutional exchange and capacity development at both the intellectual and organisational levels.
The London School of Economics and Political Science
Ranked 25th globally by Times Higher, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. Founded in 1894, it is a specialist university with an international intake and a global reach. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences and from its location in the heart of London LSE engages with the city, the UK and the world. 35 past or present world leaders have studied or taught at LSE, and eighteen Nobel Prize winners in economics, peace and literature have been either LSE staff or students.
The University of Cape Town
Ranked 1st in Africa by Times Higher, the University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa’s oldest university, founded in 1829 as the South African College. Its campus is located in one of the most beautiful spots on the Cape Peninsula, on the slopes of Table Mountain. This vantage point offers panoramic views and easy access to the city of Cape Town itself.
UCT is a university that prides itself not only on its undergraduate education, but also on its graduate programmes and the excellent research carried out by its faculties. During the period of apartheid UCT was designated as a “whites only” institution. However, today’s campus has been transformed to reflect the diversity of the entire South African population in terms of students and academic and administrative staff.