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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences secures unique partnership with King's College London



19 June 2012

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Professor Duncan Ivison considers the partnership to be a convergence of faculties with shared research specialties and a common culture

Two of the world's leading humanities institutions in two great global cities have joined forces in a landmark agreement, providing unique research and learning opportunities for their students.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney has cemented an esteemed partnership with King's College London's School of Arts and Humanities and the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy, enabling an unparalleled opportunity for international student exchange and joint program initiatives between the two institutions.

The multi-level partnership will foster closer research ties between the globally renowned faculties, ranging from informal workshops to visiting fellowships and externally funded research projects. The alliance will facilitate opportunities for undergraduate students to study at the partner institution. Both faculties are also committed to developing collaborative degrees at MA level and PhD level across a range of subjects.

"I am delighted that we'll be working closely with the Schools of Arts and Humanities and of Social Sciences and Public Policy at King's College London over the coming years through this new partnership," said Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.

"Our respective faculties are among the leading centres for research and teaching in the humanities in the world and this agreement will mean that our students will have an unrivalled set of opportunities to study at two great institutions in two of the world's greatest global cities."

The partnership was sealed following continued exchanges between the institutions, which included two visits to the University of Sydney by Professor Jan Palmowski, Head of the School of Arts and Humanities at King's College London, in June 2012 and in August 2011.

King's, founded in 1828, is a highly ranked and internationally respected university, particularly in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Among the prestigious institution's distinguished alumni are John Keats, Thomas Hodgkin (the namesake researcher of Hodgkin's disease), Florence Nightingale and James Clerk Maxwell. In the Arts and Humanities, former staff and students include Nobel Laureates Reverend Desmond Tutu and Mario Vargas Llosa.

Both the School of Arts and Humanities and the School of Social Science and Public Policy are located between the Strand and the river Thames, opposite the London Eye and the National Theatre and a stone's throw from the West End, the City, the Royal Courts of Justice, and the Houses of Parliament. London offers unmatched facilities for students and researchers in the arts and humanities, not least through Senate House, the School of Advanced Study, and the British Library.

Professor Ivison considers the partnership to be a convergence of faculties with shared research specialties and a common culture.

"It also links our researchers in new and exciting partnerships that will build on our mutual strengths in areas such as classics, digital cultures, English, media and communications, medieval studies and philosophy," he said.

"Sydney and London are renowned for their dynamism and cosmopolitanism. We hope this spirit will now also be reflected in our mutual commitment to work together across the humanities."

Both faculties consistently rank amongst the highest in the world for the arts, humanities and social sciences. Jan Palmowski added, "Together, the two universities offer unparalleled breadth across the arts, humanities and social sciences; but they also offer unique depth in areas ranging from medieval languages to classical performance, from digital culture to global history and from the history of philosophy to security studies."

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