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LSE alumna Dr Tsai Ing-wen elected as president of Taiwan

Former LSE student Dr Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party, has become president-elect of Taiwan. The 59-year-old, who served as Taiwan's vice premier between 2006 and 2007, gained a PhD Law from LSE in 1984.

Dr Tsai claimed victory in Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections on Saturday 16 January 2016, having defeated Eric Chu of the ruling Kuomintang. She joined the Democratic Progressive Party in 2004 and secured the party’s chairwomanship in 2008.Dr Ying-Wen Tsai

Professor Christopher Hughes of the Department of International Relations said: “LSE can be immensely proud that Dr Tsai Ing-wen has been elected president of Taiwan. It has been widely recognised that she is the first woman to secure this position and the first time a woman has achieved presidential status in the Chinese-speaking world. This reflects the accumulation of experience through an impressive career since she left LSE with a PhD in Law.”

Dr Tsai's success continues on the traditions of LSE alumni being elected to leadership in Taiwan. Yu Kuo-hua, an LSE student between 1947 to 1949, was Taiwan’s premier from 1984 to 1989. Visit the world leaders page for more information on global leaders who have studied at LSE.

LSE will be in Taiwan this week to meet with prospective students, holding a public information session on Wednesday 20 January 2016. Any students interested should reserve a place in advance; for more information please visit the information and booking form page.

Posted 19 January 2016

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