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First strategic partnership with US university

25 April 2023

Two men wearing suits are sat at table draped with a cloth bearing Cardiff University’s logo
Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan (L) and President Ed Seidel (R) mark the start of a five-year research and education partnership to establish social and economic benefits for Wales and the US at event in Cardiff University’s School of Music.

Joint ventures in research and education will be developed between Cardiff University and the University of Wyoming in the US as part of a new strategic partnership.

Collaborative research projects, an annual series of seminars, conferences and workshops, staff and PhD student visits and collaborative education programmes are all planned as part of the five-year partnership, which was signed at an event in Cardiff University’s School of Music.

The agreement with Wyoming is Cardiff’s first partnership with a US higher education institution and follows similar arrangements with universities in China, Brazil, Germany, Belgium, Africa and, most recently, New Zealand, as part of its overarching The Way Forward strategy.

A man wearing glasses and a black shirt stands in front of a piano with his hands held in the air. Behind him the Cardiff University and University of Wyoming logos are illuminated on a projector.
Professor Kenneth Hamilton, Head of Cardiff University’s School of Music, treated colleagues and delegates from the University of Wyoming to a selection of pieces from Bach, Liszt, Gounod, Wagner and Chopin at an event to mark the launch of a new strategic partnership between the two institutions in the Univeristy’s concert hall.

Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, said: "Underpinning all our international partnerships is the ambition to address issues of international importance while simultaneously delivering benefits to society and our economy here in Wales.

"Our partnership with Wyoming is our latest commitment to this civic mission and so I look forward to seeing the benefits unfold as our university communities coalesce over the coming years."

The University of Wyoming was founded in 1886 and is a nationally recognised land-grant research institution with expert faculty, top-ranked academics and world-class facilities.

It has 12,000 students hailing from all 50 US states and 82 countries worldwide.

Men and women are gathered in three rows on a stage in the concert hall at Cardiff University’s School of Music. Behind them are the flags for Wales and the United States of America. The Cardiff University and University of Wyoming logos are illuminated on a projector above.
The new strategic partnership between Wales and Wyoming will build upon existing research relationships in computer science, physics and the arts and humanities.

Ed Seidel, President of the University of Wyoming, said: "This strategic partnership marks a substantial commitment to fostering meaningful collaborations across the disciplines."

We envision projects that expand the scope and impact of our research, that create new opportunities for student and faculty exchange, and that will generate connections between Wales and Wyoming that will benefit both our universities and our broader communities.

Ed Seidel President of the University of Wyoming

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