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High-profile tour to enhance US interest in Cardiff University

02 June 2008

As part of a tour prompted by growing US interest in Cardiff University, the Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, Dr David Grant, will speak on innovation in the UK at a major American conference on science and technology next week,

While on a high-profile visit with the University’s Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Martin Evans to develop opportunities for further co-operation with leading US Universities and research organisations, Dr Grant will speak at the presitigous Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.

The tour will also see Sir Martin, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, address New York University (NYU), while Cardiff will also sign its first formal agreement with a US Ivy League University, the University of Pennsylvania.

The Brookings Institution, a leading research and policy institute, is hosting a week-long seminar on science and technology issues facing the United States. Dr Grant, who is also a governing board member of the UK Technology Strategy Board, will speak on an international panel about how other governments spark innovation.

Sir Martin, who won his Nobel Prize for his breakthrough in identifying stem cells, has a number of engagements on the tour. These include addressing doctoral students at NYU and a number of interviews with leading US media. He and Dr Grant will also attend several receptions with leading opinion formers to talk about the world-leading research conducted at Cardiff.

Interest in working with Cardiff is rising in the US following the University’s recent achievements. These include the breaking into the league table for the world’s top 100 institutions, Sir Martin’s Nobel Prize, the appointment of another Nobel Laureate, Professor Dr Robert Huber, and the award of the 2007 Queen’s Anniversary Prize to the Institute of Medical Genetics. Cardiff already has exchange links with some of leading American universities, including Miaimi, West Virginia and San Francisco State. The University has developed partnerships with other institutions, including New York’s Colgate University, for US students to come to study in Wales.

Dr Grant: said: "Many internationally-recognised institutions in the US have strong links with Cardiff University. For example, we have a number of joint projects running with the National Institutes of Health, one of the world's foremost medical research centres. One of the aims of this visit is to develop other opportunities - whether it be through research projects, academic exchanges or student programmes - for world-leading collaborative work."

One highlight of the tour will be the signing of the agreement between Cardiff’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies with the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication - the first direct exchange agreement with a British university. Annenberg is recognised as one of the world’s leading schools for communication studies. The agreement will give Cardiff undergraduates studying for a BA in Journalism, Film and Media the opportunity to study for a semester at the University of Pennsylvania and gain experience of American media education.

Professor Justin Lewis, Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff, said: "The signing of an agreement with Annenberg confirms our own standing in the very top of UK and world journalism colleges. The possibility of participating on an Annenberg course is a fantastic opportunity and will make Journalism courses at Cardiff even more highly sought-after."


Notes to Editors:

Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. It is also ranked as one of the world's top 100 universities by the Times Higher Education (THE).

2008 marks the 125th anniversary of Cardiff University having been founded by Royal Charter in 1883.

Today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities.

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Sandra Elliott


International Development Division

Cardiff University

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Stephen Rouse,

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Cardiff University.

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