Luther sophomore Matias Velastegui accepted to prestigious London School of Economics

Matias Velastegui, Luther College sophomore from Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador, has been accepted to the London School of Economics for the 2016-17 school year.

A 2013 graduate of United World College-Maastricht, Velastegui is the son of Jose Fabian Velastegui of Baños de Agua Santa. He is majoring in economics and philosophy and minoring in management at Luther.

Beginning in September, Velastegui will partake in a year-long study abroad program at the London School of Economics. 

Velastegui is involved in the Philosophy Society, Model United Nations, KWLC Radio and is a member of the executive board of the Student Senate at Luther. He is also a member of Luther's Diversity Council and the Campus Life Committee. He plans to pursue a graduate degree in areas related to public policy, economic development and political economy. 

Known worldwide for its academic reputation, the London School of Economics has facilitated many influential developments regarding society, economics and politics. One of the most prominent developments is the basis of the modern welfare state and the development of free-market economics. The only university in the United Kingdom specializing in this field, the London School has gained recognition as one of the world's leading institutions for study of the social sciences.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,500, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website:

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