IT has been announced that actress Angelina Jolie Pitt will now act as guest professor at the prestigious London School of Economics (LSE).
The international movie star and director will act as visiting professor to lecture on a new Master’s degree at the famous university; the topic will be “Women, Peace and Security.” The course aims to help women worldwide who are affected by conflict and to promote gender equality.
Jolie Pitt, who is also a special envoy of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and is known for her extensive charity and awareness missions in conflict and poverty-stricken locations, stated “I hope other academic institutions will follow this example, as it is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women’s rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict.”
The LSE, as well as its Centre for Women is delighted with the addition of the influential star and activist.
Professor Christine Chinkin, Director of the Centre for Women, has said: “Bringing practitioners, policy makers and activists together with scholars is essential in advancing knowledge and influencing global and local policy-making.”
The LSE website confirms that it bestows the title of Visiting Professor in Practice on individuals who have earned appropriate distinction within their area of non-academic practice.
It includes individuals who have achieved prominence in public service, or who have attained distinction in their profession and through their practical experience; a respected title that Jolie Pitt, also known for her tireless work for the UN, has earned on this occasion.
Admission to take the one-year MSc course will open in August 2016 and will aim to raise awareness of women’s economic, social and political participation and security, as well as concentrate on international law and women’s rights.