New Manchester, Melbourne and Toronto alliance for post-COVID university landscape
Student exchanges, joint research projects and mutual bids to work with some of the world’s biggest businesses and funders will be part of a new post-COVID alliance between the Universities of Manchester, Melbourne and Toronto.
Announced today (15 November), the Alliance sees the Universities - which have a combined 187,000 students and 45,000 staff and are all in the world top 50 - commit to collaborate more closely than ever, drawing on joint expertise and resources and taking advantage of new ways of studying, working and collaborating that have emerged during the pandemic.
For students this means global classroom programmes that provide interaction with world leading teachers and researchers on three continents via lectures, seminars, and practical classes. There will be exchanges providing global experiences to boost career prospects and dual PhD programmes with opportunities to visit the third institutions.
Researchers will also gain access to specialist facilities and the opportunities to work on joint research programmes on areas of interest such as environmental sustainability, cancer treatment and advanced materials. Several of these are already in place (see case study below).
Manchester is a global university and the pandemic has shown more than ever how collaborative working can solve our greatest challenges. This new alliance between three of the world’s leading universities will embed that spirit of collaboration and provide world-class opportunities for our researchers and our students.
This will be supported by access to global experience in funding, links to industry and researchers at the other member institutions. There will be support for mutual sabbaticals, exchanges, visits, and residencies between the alliance members.
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, said: “Manchester is a global university and the pandemic has shown more than ever how collaborative working can solve our greatest challenges. This new alliance between three of the world’s leading universities will embed that spirit of collaboration and provide world-class opportunities for our researchers and our students.”
Professor Duncan Maskell, University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor said: “The new alliance between Melbourne, Manchester, and Toronto universities will create opportunities to address global challenges across all fields of education and research. The alliance will enable existing funding projects, joint research programmes and PhD programmes to grow in scale across all three institutions and their regions.”
Professor Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto, said: “The University of Toronto is excited to build on its strong, long-standing relationships with our peer institutions in Melbourne and Manchester. This new collaboration will amplify our individual strengths and enhance our collective contributions in teaching, research and innovation across a wide range of disciplines.”