The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is unique in the United Kingdom in its concentration on teaching
and research across the full range of the social, political and economic sciences. Founded in 1895 by Beatrice and Sidney
Webb, the LSE is one of the largest colleges within the University of London and has an outstanding reputation for academic
excellence nationally and internationally. The study of social, economic and political problems covers not only the United
Kingdom and other countries within the European Union, but also countries of every continent.
There are currently nineteen active research centres and units at the School including The Suntory and Toyota International
Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD). STICERD was established in 1978 with funds donated by Suntory Limited
and the (then) Toyota Motor Company Limited of Japan.