The University of Strathclyde and New York University have cemented a flagship partnership, paving the way for a range of research and collaboration opportunities.
Signed by John Sexton, President of New York University, and Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, the agreement is focused around five key themes in which the universities share strengths.
The two universities will work together in the fields of:
- Sustainable and future cities
- Biomedical engineering
- Energy and power systems
- Policy development and engagement
- Incubators and innovation
A programme of work will include research, education, and staff and student exchanges. The partnership will enable the universities to apply their expertise to bring together academia and the public and private sectors to help address global challenges in these important areas.
Sir Jim, who holds a Presidential Fellowship from NYU, said: "We are delighted to sign this agreement with New York University - one of the premier education institutions in North America. As leading international universities, we share a determination to tackle critical global research challenges and make an impact on our communities and the wider world. This formal recognition cements our relationship, and it will allow both Strathclyde and NYU to make great strides in these areas. We look forward to a long and successful partnership."
President John Sexton said: "The NYU community is very excited to launch this new partnership with the University of Strathclyde that offers expanded opportunities for international collaboration and research. We look forward to working with our colleagues in Scotland who share our vision for using applied research to help solve pressing real-world problems. Our agreement also reinforces our commitment to providing students on both sides of the Atlantic with cross-disciplinary, cross-institutional, and cross-cultural opportunities for learning, research, and scholarship."
The initiative will involve schools across NYU, most notably its Polytechnic School of Engineering, which has identified bioengineering and urban systems among its core areas of study and research. New York University is one of the largest private universities in the United States, with more than 50,000 students and nearly 9,000 academic staff. President Sexton was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Strathclyde in 2013 in recognition of his contribution to education.
Along with Harvard, MIT, and Princeton, NYU is a member of the Association of American Universities - an international organisation of leading research universities devoted to maintaining a strong system of academic research and education.
The partnership announcement comes as Strathclyde celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Royal Charter, which gave it University status. It was named the UK's Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2013/14 and UK University of the Year 2012/13 by the Times Higher Education magazine.
A recent independent report found Strathclyde's partnerships with business and industry will contribute £1.4 billion to the economy over the next 10 years, with much of this coming from its industrial centres, including the Technology and Innovation Centre being developed in the heart of Scotland's largest city.
The partnership provides a framework for pursuing topical collaborative research and education opportunities and highlights partnership work, the application of knowledge, and the importance of working with industry, government, and the not-for-profit sector.