New partnership agreement between the University of Leeds and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

New partnership agreement between the University of Leeds and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

On 26 March 2019, the University of Leeds revealed that it had signed a new partnership agreement with German university, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), a global institutional powerhouse of research and education.

This new alliance will build on the longstanding, successful collaboration between Leeds’s Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) and KIT’s Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK), two of Europe’s renowned research institutes for atmospheric science. The two world-class research institutions will develop new research collaborations and exchange opportunities for both students and staff. Initially, the topics of focus will be on Climate Change, Robotics and AI, Advanced Materials and Data Analytics. With the next exchange visit already scheduled for July 2019, however, these may lay the foundation for a further expansion of future collaborative research projects.

University of Leeds’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor: International, Professor Hai-Sui Yu, who signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) expressed the university’s firm commitment to international collaboration using research and education to make a difference in the world despite the uncertainty of Brexit:

“We are bringing together two great institutions, with a shared vision of maintaining and building strong relationships between leading UK and European universities.”

Combined, the two universities have received over €46m in funding from Horizon 2020’s distinguished programme, the European Research Council (ERC). This collaboration between two leading European universities looks towards continuing this aspiration of international research-excellence. Professor Yu: “This MoU is a symbol of our strong commitment to international collaboration and of sharing and exchanging ideas, knowledge and opportunities.”

Professor Hai-Sui Yu and Jane Madeley, Chief Financial Officer in discussion with KIT.

International Universities

All three White Rose Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York are ranked in the top 50 of the ‘most international’ universities around the world it was announced by the Times Higher Education on 20 March 2019. This list celebrates universities that have an outstanding international reputation, a quality that attracts the highest calibre of  both staff and students. Research also indicates that diverse communities of students can improve teaching and learning experiences while opportunities for students to study abroad helps to better prepare them to become empowered, global citizens.

Earlier this month, the University of Sheffield announced its collaboration agreement with Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious universities.

The York-Maastricht Partnership has been established for nearly a year and a half.

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