Birmingham City University strengthens US ties

Representatives from Kent State University have been in the Midlands to discuss opportunities for collaboration

Birmingham City University has strengthened its links with the United States after forming an exclusive partnership with Kent State University

Representatives from the Ohio-based institution’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering visited the city centre campus to discuss collaboration opportunities. 

Benefits are claimed to be widespread for both institutions, thanks to increased global clout from joint research and the improved mobility and transatlantic opportunities for staff and student bodies. 

The alliance will initially focus upon the disciplines of engineering, architecture and fashion. 

Dr Blake Stringer, Assistant Professor, College of Aeronautics and Engineering, Kent State University, said: 

“We were excited to connect with Birmingham City University last year and now to establish this exclusive Memorandum of Understanding. During our visit to determine the paths forward, we were even more excited by the multiple ways in which we can engage each other through several disciplines.  

“It’s going to be an exciting partnership, and we’re very eager to get started.” 

Also present from Kent State University was lecturer Kimberley Holizna and Tom Southards, Outreach Programme Manager. 

Julian Beer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University, said: “Birmingham City University is delighted to enter into an exclusive partnership with Kent State University and feel that this will play to the strengths of both institutions – principally around the disciplines of engineering, architecture and fashion. 

“We are very much looking forward to exploring the possibilities around innovation, research, joint course offerings and student exchange when we meet again in the next few months.” 

Professor Beer is also President of the British American Business Council (BABC) Midlands Chapter, who will be hosting the BABC Annual Transatlantic Conference in Birmingham this year. 

The conference will welcome 300 senior executives from the BABC’s 23 Chapters in the US and UK, including directors from some of the largest manufacturers, exporters and professional services companies from both countries.

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