Angelina Jolie to become lecturer at the London School of Economics

The actress will become a visiting professor for the new masters course on women, peace and security

Angelina Jolie Pitt is to become an academic at the London School of Economics later this year.

Starting in the autumn, the Maleficent actress will become a visiting professor at the London institution for a new masters course on women, peace and security. As reported by EW, Jolie Pitt will deliver guest lectures, participate in workshop and public events, and continue research on projects during the 2016-17 school year.

The 40-year-old released an accompanying statement following the announcement, signalling her optimism about future academic study on women’s rights. “I am very encouraged by the creation of this master’s programme. 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.”

She continued: “I am looking forward to teaching and to learning from the students as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations.”

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The course at LSE is the first of its kind internationally, having been launched last year by Jolie Pitt and the former Foreign Secretary Lord William Hague as part of their joint initiative to tackle sexual violence in conflict zones. Hague will also serve as a visiting professor.