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LSE is the leading social science institution in the world. The School's reputation as a global leader has been built up over the hundred years since it was founded.

Beatrice and Sidney Webb established the LSE in 1895 to contribute to the improvement of society by promoting the impartial study of its problems, and the training of those who were to translate policy into action. From the beginning the School was open equally to women and men, and set out to cater for students from all over the world.

We remain faithful to our tradition. Experts at the School work closely with political leaders, business corporations and public sector officials. Sixteen current or former members of staff or students are Nobel Prize winners. Thirty-four past or present world leaders and over 30 current Members of the British Parliament have taught or studied at LSE.

Executive education is a gateway for organisations and individuals from around the world to share in the rigorous intellectual exploration upon which we have built our reputation.

Coming to LSE you will experience an atmosphere of vigorous intellectual argument and informed debate. We are a laboratory where ideas from all perspectives are developed, tested, criticised and disseminated to the wider world. LSE Departments consistently receive the highest possible marks for their teaching and research, confirming our commitment to academic excellence.  

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 Professor Craig Calhoun, LSE Director
Professor Craig Calhoun, LSE Director