Swansea University’s Vice-Chancellor has signed a partnership agreement with the University of Houston in Texas
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding is one of a number of activities that the Chancellor, Rhodri Morgan, and VC, Professor Richard B. Davies, are undertaking during a visit to Texas to strengthen and develop partnership agreements with top universities in the Lone Star State.
The University is already working with Rice and A&M universities and the Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Texas, and we are now developing new agreements with the University of Houston and the University of Texas in Austin.
These large-scale partnerships build upon Swansea University’s achievements in recent years and continue a new era for Swansea as an outward-looking, globally orientated university.
The Texas partnerships provide a massive increase in opportunities for staff and students through collaboration and exchanges. Swansea academics are able to tackle more demanding research challenges and students will have the option of studying at Texas universities as an integral part of their degree programmes.
Collaborations already underway between Swansea University and Texan institutions include:
- Joint research between the Methodist Hospital Research Institute and the Institute of Life Sciences and Centre for NanoHealth at Swansea.
- Collaboration with and advice from Texas A&M University of the development of a therapeutics manufacturing facility.
- Joint work with Texas A&M and Rice University in developing a programme of research and training relating to global water, energy and fuel crises and their resolution.
The new agreement with Houston will include collaboration on areas as diverse as engineering, energy, arts and humanities, medicine, and computer science.
The University of Houston will also form a partnership with the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People, which is based at Swansea University, as part of a process of internationalising the Observatory. During the visit, Rhodri Morgan, who is former First Minister of Wales, is giving a lecture on Wales and children’s rights at the Graduate School of Social Work.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard B. Davies said: “Our globalization strategy emphasises the importance of strategic partnerships with strong universities elsewhere in the world. In addition to undergraduate, postgraduate and academic staff exchange programmes we are interested in joint activities which can extend from collaborative working with industry to shared appointments of academic staff.
“We are particularly excited about the opportunities this offers for increased student mobility. Swansea has run overseas exchange programmes for many years and we have seen how educationally beneficial it is to study in another country and we know how positively employers view this type of overseas experience.”
Picture: University of Houston Chancellor Renu Khator and Swansea University Vice-Chancellor Richard B Davies signing the Memorandum of Understanding between Swansea University and the University of Houston.
Link to the University of Houston web site: http://www.uh.edu/
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