The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. Since its foundation in 1895, its staff and alumni have tackled major global challenges and shaped the society we live in.

LSE has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its research – fifty-percent of its research was rated world-leading and a further 37% internationally excellent in the most recent assessment of research quality in UK universities. In 2010, Professor Sir Christopher A. Pissarides was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics "for analysis of markets with search frictions".

The school is a constituent college of the federal University of London, with over 4,400 undergraduates, 6,200 postgraduates and 3,300 staff. It has an annual turnover of nearly £300 million.

LSE benefits from a student and staff community that is truly international, with around two-thirds of students and faculty from overseas. The school also has extensive research and advisory links around the world: with other universities, businesses, charities and NGOs, and organisations like the United Nations and World Bank.