Jolie takes on new role as LSE's visiting professor
HOLLYWOOD star and United Nations refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie is to become a visiting professor at Britain's prestigious London School of Economics (LSE).
She was named on Monday as one of four new "visiting professors in practice" who will contribute to a new master's programme on "women, peace and security".
"I am very encouraged by the creation of this master's programme," Jolie said in a statement. "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."
Also appointed was British former foreign minister William Hague, with whom Jolie co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence In Conflict Initiative in 2010.
Visiting professors give guest lectures and take part in workshops and public events as well as their own work, LSE said.
Jolie is looking forward to "teaching and to learning from the students as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the UN".
The Oscar-winning actress is married to actor Brad Pitt and has six children.
Jolie has starred in films such as Maleficent, Salt and Wanted as well as directed her own work, including By The Sea.
She has combined her work in film with advocacy.
She has acted as a goodwill ambassador for the UN refugee agency UNHCR since 2001 before becoming a special envoy, travelling to meet with displaced people in camps in Greece and Lebanon.
Earlier this month, she said helping refugees was a common responsibility.
"This is a duty that falls on all of us, to the next UN secretary-general, to all governments, to civil society, to everyone of us," she said in her speech in London.
Students will be able to apply for the Master's course from August at the LSE's Centre for Women, Peace and Security.