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LONDON (Web Desk) – Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie is set to join at Britain’s prestigious London School of Economics as a visiting professor for a new masters course.

The United Nations refugee agency envoy was named as one of four new visiting professors who will contribute to a new master’s programme on women, peace and security, the Independent reported.

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The Oscar-winning actress will join former foreign secretary William Hague as a lecturer at the university’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security where she will teach students studying for a Master’s degree.

The pair co-founded a global initiative to tackle sexual violence in conflict zones in 2012. It followed a 2011 film Ms Jolie directed depicting the Bosnian war.

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Angelina Jolie, who has been a goodwill ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency and is currently one of its special envoys, has been a vocal campaigner for refugee rights. She has also campaigned against female genital mutilation and the use of rape as a weapon of war.

She said: “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.

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“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 former foreign secretary Lord Hague will also be joining LSE as a visiting professor.

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The course that Jolie will teach is intended to “[develop] strategies to promote gender equality and enhance women’s economic, social and political participation and security”, according to the official LSE website.