Mayor attends London graduation ceremony

07 March 2017

Mayor attends London graduation ceremonyThe Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, participated in the University of London International Programmes Graduation Ceremony at the Barbican Centre (7th March) as an Honoured Guest.

Speaking to an international audience that included graduates from over 90 countries, alongside academics and staff from the University of London and other honoured guests, The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m honoured to have been able to meet some of the extraordinary graduates from the University of London’s International Programmes today. I’ve no doubt they are the leaders of the future and will go on do remarkable things.

“London is the higher education capital of the world, with more world-leading institutions than any other international city and students in more than 180 different countries.

“I congratulate everyone graduating today and I am sure their experience of studying with one of London’s finest institutions will have given them an openness to new ideas, new ways of thinking and fresh perspectives.”

Professor Sir Adrian Smith FRS said: “We are very privileged for Sadiq to have been with us at graduation and I am sure that everyone attending, appreciated his presence and his inspiring message on the quality of their academic award.”

Dr Mary Stiasny, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of London International said: “We were all very pleased that Sadiq Khan was able to meet with our graduates, who have travelled to London for their graduation from more than 90 countries this year.”

Notes to Editors

Picture caption 1:  The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan speaking at the 2017 University of London International Programmes Graduation Ceremony.


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About the University of London

  • The University of London was established in 1836 by Royal Charter. It is made up 18 Member Institutions, including King’s College London and nine research institutes.  
  • The University of London is the world’s oldest provider of academic awards through distance and flexible learning, dating back to 1858, when the University of London was awarded a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria.
  • In 1858 Charles Dickens described the University of London as ‘The People’s University’ when its 1858 Royal Charter extended access to degrees to those who could not come to London to study.
  • Today, students of the University of London International Programmes study from a suite of 100+ academic programmes, with the Global MBA being the latest in this offering. Students can choose between taking their award through self-study or through support from local teaching institutions.
  • The University of London, through its International Programmes (formerly known as the External System) is the world’s largest classroom, with 50,000 students in 180 countries, and over 1.2million learners studying its short courses on the Coursera online platform.
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  • Speaking at the time, the Mayor said: “London is the higher education capital of the world, with more leading universities, and international students than any other city and I want to make sure it stays that way.”