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University Alliance signs new international partnership with the Australian Technology Network

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L – R: Libby Hackett, Chief Executive University Alliance; Professor Steve West, Chair University Alliance & Vice-Chancellor UWE; Ross Milbourne Vice-Chancellor UTS; Professor Peter Coaldrake, Vice-Chancellor QUT; Vicki Thomson, Executive Director Australian Technology Network. Photo by James Stuart.


The University Alliance Chair and Chief Executive are in Australia this week to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Chair and Chief Executive of the Australian Technology Network of universities. Both organisations represent a similar set of institutions within their respective countries – leading institutions in innovation and enterprise, forging partnerships with industry and the professions to deliver practical results through focused research.

The purpose of the MoU is to establish a framework for mutual policy discussion, the exploration of university-university partnership and sharing of expertise between University Alliance and the Australian Technology Network.

The MoU coincides with the announcement that the University of Greenwich will be joining University Alliance from 1 April, 2013.

Professor Steve West, Chair of University Alliance and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England, said:

“This is an incredibly important venture and a significant step in building the UK’s presence abroad. We are increasingly operating in a global market and we need a stronger framework for developing partnerships and joint-policies across international borders. This innovative collaboration with the Australian Technology Network will build bridges between our two countries that will be key to ensuring our position as leading, global players in the international higher education market.”

“I am also delighted to welcome the University of Greenwich into University Alliance. The University of Greenwich is an excellent institution and a very good fit with our core mission of building strong partnerships with business and the professions.”

Libby Hackett, Chief Executive of University Alliance, said:

“Our approach at University Alliance has always been about finding ways through the challenges we face as a country by building constructive partnerships and developing solutions in collaboration with others. We are excited to be building into this process the expertise and experience of the Australian Technology Network of universities.”

Vicki Thompson, Executive Director of the Australian Technology Network, said:

“Universities, wherever they are, play a crucial role in building a strong and fruitful economy and society. Australian Technology Universities, like Alliance universities, are leaders in innovation and enterprise. This new collaboration will help drive greater innovation to deliver answers to the global challenges we face.”

On joining University Alliance Professor David Maguire, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Greenwich, said:

“We are delighted to be joining University Alliance, a partnership of some of the most innovative and enterprising universities in the UK. Greenwich is an ambitious institution focussed on top-class research and business engagement, as well as excellent learning and teaching, so University Alliance is our natural home. This step is an important recognition of Greenwich’s achievements so far in enhancing its reputation as a leading London university.”


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2. The focus of the policy dialogue set out in the MoU will include:

  • Development of a UK-Australia higher education policy leaders group;
  • Potential for partnerships in the Asia region;
  • Models of higher education regulation and quality assurance;
  • International student visas;
  • Student fees models- HELP loan programs;
  • Strategies for effective university- business collaboration;
  • Integration of student entrepreneurship and internship programs into curriculum.

3. University Alliance is a non-partisan, non-political organisation working with our members to promote, safeguard and sustain the public benefit delivered by universities.

4. University Alliance brings together 24 of the UK’s leading innovative and enterprising universities – major institutions combining science and technology with a focus on delivering for the professions, business and the community. University Alliance members Bournemouth University, University of Bradford, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Coventry University, De Montfort University, University of Glamorgan, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Greenwich, University of Hertfordshire, University of Huddersfield, Kingston University, University of Lincoln, Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Northumbria University, Nottingham Trent University, Open University, Oxford Brookes University, Plymouth University, University of Portsmouth, University of Salford, Sheffield Hallam University, Teesside University, University of the West of England.

5. With representation right across the UK they educate over 25% of all UK students, with large proportions of international and post-graduate students. Alliance universities are delivering economic and social growth by linking their research, students and staff with the world around them – locally, nationally and internationally.

6. The Australian Technology Network brings together five of the most innovative and enterprising universities in the nation: Curtin University, University of South Australia, RMIT University, University of Technology Sydney, and Queensland University of Technology.

7. The Chair of the ATN is Professor Peter Coaldrake AO, Vice-Chancellor of the Queensland University of Technology

8. ATN universities teach around 180,000 students, or almost 20% of Australia’s student population. With 1 in 4 international students choosing to study at an ATN university, they are also the largest provider of international education, both with our onshore and offshore students.

9. The ATN’s aim is to help secure Australia’s reputation as the clever country, and contribute to its social and economic wealth, while championing the principles of access and equity that have ensured its members are the universities of first choice for more students.

10. University of Greenwich is a multi-faculty, campus-based university, which is home to a diverse community of nearly 26,500 students studying in the UK, one in five of them postgraduate. People from more than 100 countries study at one of the university’s three magnificent, historic campuses. These are based at Greenwich, at a world heritage site; at Avery Hill, in south-east London, and in Medway, Kent. Greenwich is one of the largest universities in London by student numbers.

11. The university has a reputation for superb teaching and high levels of student satisfaction. The latest Sunday Times University Guide rated Greenwich as the best in the country for teaching excellence in Law and Economics. The UK’s Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts MP, praised “excellent and innovative teaching” at Greenwich when he visited in 2012. The quality of the university’s research work has been recognised in many national awards, including three Queen’s Anniversary Prizes. World-leading research and training is carried out by its Natural Resources Institute to support global food security, sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries. Students and staff also regularly win major awards and prizes for their work and contributions to society. Four prestigious National Teaching Fellowships have been awarded to academic staff.

12. The university’s Strategic Plan, launched by Vice-Chancellor Professor David Maguire, is aimed at achieving continued excellence in teaching, research and enterprise, and has a goal of positioning Greenwich as a leading London university. More than 12,000 international students also study with an extensive network of Greenwich’s partner universities and colleges across the world.


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