Real partners – Texas-Swansea links bring benefits for research and students
Researchers and students are set to benefit from the growing partnership between Swansea University and top Texan universities, which was given a further boost by the visit of Swansea researchers to the Lone Star State in October.
The visit, known as the Swansea University Texas Research Showcase, saw a team from Swansea speak about their research at a series of events in Houston, College Station and Austin.
It was also an opportunity to strengthen existing relationships - and explore new ones - with all our Texas partners: University of Houston, Houston Methodist Research Institute, Texas A&M, University of Texas at Austin, Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, UT Health Science Center at Houston, and UT Medical Branch at Galveston.
Links which were set up or strengthened by the visit include:
- Research collaboration on ageing between the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea and Texas-based experts
- Swansea health researchers contributing to Texan students’ tutorials via Skype
- Collaborative research and joint programmes between College of Law and University of Houston Law Center on children’s rights and on energy
- Collaboration with University of Houston on M Ed and DEd joint programmes in medical education, and initial discussion relating to Dell Medical School at University of Texas
- Collaborative research project marking the 800th anniversary of the battlefield dialogue between Sultan al-Kamil and St Francis of Assisi, in the light of the present-day Middle East conflicts.
- Links on Alzheimer’s research with the Texan Alzheimer’s Association
- Potential research collaboration and staff/student exchanges in archaeology, heritage and history, and aerospace engineering
- Established or deepened contacts with possible Texan commercial partners
The showcase was supported by the UK Government, through its Consulate General in Houston. It was sponsored by Burleson LLP: with headquarters in Houston it is the USA’s biggest firm of oil and gas attorneys. It was also supported by the Welsh Government and by CISCO Networks International.
Swansea University Vice Chancellor, Professor Richard Davies, said:
"No university can expect to tackle the big research challenges in isolation. There is a dawning realisation that working with others elsewhere in the world not only creates larger research teams with better access to the necessary range of world-class research facilities, but also creates a more innovative dynamic. Swansea and our Texan partners are at the forefront of making this work in practice."
President of the University of Houston, Professor Renu Khator, said:
“Our partnership with Swansea University continues to produce considerable benefits for everyone involved. This showcase of outstanding presentations from some of their top scholars is the latest example of that. We’re delighted to host this exceptional event.”
The Showcase was timed to coincide with what would have been the 100th birthday of Dylan Thomas, and featured several sessions relating to the poet's work. However, it featured experts from across all Swansea subject areas.