BCU and Kent State University sign an MoU
Birmingham City University has strengthened its links with the United States after forming an exclusive partnership with Kent State University.
Representatives from the Ohio-based university visited BCU’s city centre campus last week to discuss collaboration opportunities going forward.
The benefits will be widespread for both institutions, not only as a result of increased global clout from joint research but also via the improved mobility and transatlantic opportunities for respective staff and student bodies.
The strategic alliance is also a statement for the growing global ambition of both universities and will initially focus upon the disciplines of engineering, architecture and fashion – of which both institutions are internationally known for.
BCU’s deputy vice-chancellor, Prof Julian Beer and Dr Blake Stringer, assistant Prof from the college of aeronautics and engineering at Kent State University, signed an MoU between the two institutions – the only one which the Ohio institution has agreed with a UK higher education partner.
This visit followed a series of meetings between the two universities in both Chicago and Birmingham last year to discuss potential areas of collaboration and explore the mutual benefits of forming such a partnership.
Prof Beer said: “Birmingham City University is delighted to enter into an exclusive partnership with Kent State University and feel that this will play to the strengths of both institutions – principally around the disciplines of engineering, architecture and fashion.
“We are very much looking forward to exploring the possibilities around innovation, research, joint course offerings and student exchange when we meet again in the next few months.”
Dr Stringer added: “We were excited to connect with Birmingham City University last year and now to establish this exclusive Memorandum of Understanding.
“During our visit to determine the paths forward, we were even more excited by the multiple ways in which we can engage each other through several disciplines.
“It’s going to be an exciting partnership, and we’re very eager to get started.”
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