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Roadmap paves the way to partnership with Lille

Lille roadmap Tuesday 21 June 2016

Liverpool Hope University and l’Université Catholique de Lille have signed a new strategic roadmap detailing their plans for joint collaboration around research, teaching, and development of joint degree programmes over the next three years and beyond.  

The Roadmap for Strategic Alliance was signed by the two Rectors, Professor Gerald Pillay and Professor Pierre Giorgini, this week in Lille. The two universities have already embarked on a student and staff exchange programme.

Central to the Strategic Alliance is the development of a Pan–European Institute, which aims to provide a framework for cross-disciplinary research projects, publications, joint masters degrees and co-supervision of PhD students.

The Institute will be embedded within eight academic projects involving a wide array of disciplines - English language and literature, business, law, environmental studies, politics and international relations, education, health sciences, psychology, theology and philosophy.

Fostering new, intellectually and culturally enriching learning opportunities for students is high on the agenda of both universities. It is hoped that studying abroad, gaining work experience and volunteering will be significantly enhanced by the new agreement.

There are also plans to roll out seven PhD fee-only scholarships, with joint supervision from Liverpool Hope University and l’Université Catholique de Lille over the coming year.  These will be in strategic research areas to be agreed between the two institutions and will be aimed at enhancing the research standing of both institutions.

To mark the signing of the agreement, academics from both institutions attended a performance of Flight to Arras by Professor Simon Piasecki, Head of the Department of Dance, Drama and Performance Studies at Liverpool Hope. The play is a poetic and moving retelling of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s penultimate flights and thoughts as he flies over occupied France in World War Two, and was originally performed at Liverpool Hope University’s Cornerstone Festival.  

 Professor Nick Rees, Dean of Arts and Humanities said: “We have been greatly encouraged by the level of engagement from colleagues at both Liverpool Hope and Lille, and their investment in this partnership. This agreement means that we can step up our strategic research collaboration and build a pan-European Institute, which will aim to have a significant impact in the UK, France and across Europe.” 

l’Université Catholique de Lille

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