LSE Director, Professor Craig Calhoun, will promote the School’s strategic vision for Africa during a two-day visit to Accra on 23 and 24 June.
Africa is a region of vital importance for LSE as realised through the LSE African Initiative which seeks to put Africa at the centre of the social sciences and in the global public spotlight.
This is a vision emphasised by Professor Calhoun earlier this year when he said, “LSE has a rich tradition in Africa of policy work and public engagement being complemented by teaching and by the training of students from across the continent.
“We are immensely proud of our association with leaders in African governments, business and civil society who were themselves trained or have sons and daughters at LSE.
“Now is the time for us to serve these networks by promoting knowledge exchange with Africa which meets the needs of Africans and their expectations of LSE quality.”
During his visit, Professor Calhoun will meet West African leaders in government, business and education as well as LSE alumni. Ghana’s Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyeman will host a reception in the LSE Director’s honour on Monday 23 June.
After the Accra leg of his trip is concluded, Professor Calhoun will then travel on to Cape Town where he will formally open the second LSE-UCT July School on Sunday 29 July 2014. He will also speak at the LSE Cape Town Conference on Tuesday 1 July.