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Cardiff University joins up with the Ivy League

16 Mehefin 2008

Dr Grant addressing guests at University reception in New York's Chrysler Building

Cardiff University has signed an agreement with the American Ivy League’s University of Pennsylvania – during a visit to the US by top University officials.

The agreement was signed between Cardiff’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies with the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication. Other highlights of the US tour included the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant, speaking at a major conference on science and technology and a series of interviews with leading US media for the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine Laureate Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Pennsylvania is widely regarded as a world top-twenty university and Annenberg is recognised as one of the world’s leading schools for communication studies. This is Annenberg’s first direct exchange agreement with a British university. The agreement will give two to three second year 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. Similar numbers of Pennsylvania students with a Communications major will be able to come to Cardiff to study. This should encourage more University of Pennsylvania undergraduate students to consider Cardiff as a full-time postgraduate option.

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."

During the tour, Dr Grant also spoke on innovation in the UK at a major American conference on science and technology, hosted at the Brookings Institution, Washington D.C. The Brookings hosted a week-long seminar on Science and Technology issues facing the United States. Dr Grant, who is a governing board member of the UK Technology Strategy Board and chair of the Committee for Education and Training at the Royal Academy of Engineering, spoke on an international panel about how other governments spark innovation. Along with representatives from Sweden, Finland and Germany, he then answered questions from an audience of congressional staffers and officials from a wide range of US federal agencies.

Also on the visit, Sir Martin Evans addressed doctoral students New York University. He and Dr Grant attended several receptions to talk about the world-leading research conducted at Cardiff. A special Cardiff University event at New York’s Chrysler Building attracted business leaders, opinion formers and University alumni to discuss how to further promote Cardiff in the US.

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 has been to develop other opportunities - whether it be through research projects, academic exchanges or student programmes - for world-leading collaborative work."

Interest in working with Cardiff is rising in the US following as a result of increasing knowledge of the quality of its research and teaching and recent high profile 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.