Swansea University vice-chancellor Richard Davies met with his counterparts at the Columbia campus recently to discuss the partnership.
“We are increasingly being recognised as punching well above our weight on a global stage”
“Swansea University’s broadening academic partnership with the extremely prestigious Columbia University signals our growing stature and reputation on the world stage and is the latest in a series of partnerships with global leaders of HE and business,” he said.
“Our academics are delivering world-leading research and we are increasingly being recognised as punching well above our weight on a global stage.”
Areas of collaboration include research on genetics and neurological diseases, cyberterrorism, and research on universities as engines of change.
The Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Program will also see joint PhDs for students from Swansea and the US.
The program will be based at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law on Swansea’s Singleton campus. Clinton received an honorary doctorate from Swansea University when she visited the city in 2017.
The joint PhD program is supported by the Welsh Government, having been announced by Wales’s first minister, Carwyn Jones. Cabinet secretary Kirsty Williams was present at the meeting in New York.
“This is a historic moment for Swansea University and marks the latest in a number of flourishing international partnerships with universities across the world,” she said.
Swansea University has exchange agreements with 150 universities in 29 different countries, including wide-ranging strategic partnerships with Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes and Texas, which encompasses eight institutions.
Speaking of the latest partnership, Williams said the collaboration will allow the university to “build on its reputation for excellence and extend its work in a number of fascinating and highly important fields of research”.
“I look forward to seeing the results of this partnership and hope it will open new doors for both Swansea University and Wales,” she concluded.
Sian Impey, head of the International Development Office at Swansea University said that the university aims to offer every student the opportunity to study or work abroad during the course of their degree.
“This is enabled by our numerous international partnerships which span the globe,” she added.