University looks east with new partnership agreement

We have established new links with the oldest private university in South Korea, having signed a Memorandum of Understanding between our Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) and the Global E3 Institute at Yonsei University.

The agreement, which aims to promote both academic and research cooperation between Bath and Yonsei, will involve an exchange of staff and researchers in order to significantly enhance the research and training opportunities available at both Centres.

It builds upon the recent award of a Bath Global Partner Scholarship to support the visit of a Yonsei student, Suhyun Yoo, from the Department of Materials Science & Engineering. A Bath student from the CSCT Doctoral Training Centre, Adam Jackson, has also just returned from a joint workshop in Seoul.

A delagation from Bath meet members of Yonsei University to sign a Memorandum of Understanding.

A delagation from Bath meet members of Yonsei University to sign a Memorandum of Understanding.

Established in 1885, Yonsei is the oldest private university in South Korea and currently one of the leading institutions for higher education and research in Asia. The University has 3,500 faculty members, conducting cutting-edge research across all academic disciplines including 18 graduate schools, 22 colleges and 133 subsidiary institutions hosting a selective pool of students from around the world. There are currently 28,148 students.

Commenting on the new Memorandum of Understanding, the Bath co-ordinator Dr Aron Walsh said: “The goals of Bath and Yonsei in sustainable science and engineering are clearly aligned. There is an exciting opportunity to perform internationally leading research.”

Yonsei co-ordinator Professor Aloysius Soon said: “I am very excited! This agreement is a natural consequence of our on-going research collaboration and exchanges since late 2010. It serves to further strengthen the Bath-Yonsei bond in research and education.”

Professor Matthew Davidson, Director of our Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, said: “Developing new sustainable chemical technologies in areas of societal importance such as energy, water, healthcare and manufacturing is a global challenge that can only be met through international cooperation.

“We are delighted to have formalised our links with such a prestigious Korean institution as Yonsei University and we look forward to the exciting scientific and cultural opportunities that this partnership offers.

“As an early step in developing collaborative projects, we particularly look forward to welcoming a number of colleagues from Yonsei to the Centre’s Summer Showcase event in September.”

Professor Colin Grant, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation, said: “The collaboration between the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies and the Global E3 Institute is a high-value part of a major strategic partnership with Yonsei University. The universities are now further strengthening their relationship in social policy, political science, engineering and management.”

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