A senior delegation from the University of Tasmania is set to formalise key strategic partnerships with two institutions.
The partnerships with Kings College London and Freiburg University in Germany – respectively ranked by Times Higher Education as 36th and 82nd in the world – will underpin deeper collaboration and pave the way for reciprocal visits by researchers and students.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global) Professor Monique Skidmore said the strategic partnerships had been 12 months in the making and reflected global recognition of the University of Tasmania’s own world standing and research excellence.
“The decision by these institutions to formalise strategic partnerships with the University of Tasmania shows the existing and emerging quality of research excellence achieved by our staff,” Professor Skidmore said.
“This supports our ambitions for future growth in global research rankings, collaborative research, research commercialisation and international education, and lays the foundation for these collaborations across many of our areas of renown.”
Between October 9 and 13 2017, a delegation led by Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen would travel to the United States to meet with key philanthropists, before signing ceremonies, joint events and an inaugural research symposium to formalise the new partnerships in London and Freiburg, Germany.
“The University of Tasmania exists as part of a global higher education community,” Professor Skidmore said.
“One of our roles is to be a bridge from Tasmania to the world, and from the rest of the world to Tasmania.”
“These new strategic partnerships, the first of their type for our University, represent a new chapter in our aspirations for the very highest levels of academic global engagement.”