The University of Kent has announced its first partnership with a university in Bangladesh.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the University of Kent and North South University NSU, Bangladesh’s first private higher education institution, commits to academic collaboration to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The partnership will focus on delivering Kent’s new MSc in development economics but will also open up opportunities to collaborate in a number of other disciplines between both institutions, including political science, law, environmental science, biosciences and computing.
Students from Kent’s MSc economics programmes will be able to travel to Bangladesh for their dissertation research, for data collection and analysis under joint supervision by Kent’s School of Economics and the Department of Economics at NSU.
“The University of Kent is pleased to see this MoU signed with North South University, demonstrating the international enthusiasm for academic collaboration that is an advancing force in so many vital areas of development,” said Dr Anthony Manning (pictured), dean of internationalisation for the University of Kent.
“The benefits of shared research and teaching will become most apparent in the further steps made towards success with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are 17 global goals – agreed in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly – to “achieve a better and more sustainable future for all” by 2030.
The MoU between the University of Kent and North South University includes a focus on the SDGs to reduce poverty, improve education opportunities and economic participation for women, and tackle climate change, particularly flooding.
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