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St. Thomas begins partnership with English university

By ,  |  Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:44 AM

St. Thomas will begin an international partnership with England’s University of Huddersfield after officials signed a memorandum of understanding with the school last month.

Executive Vice President and Provost Susan Huber, who signed the document Jan. 30, said the process started two years ago when the vice chancellor of Huddersfield visited 3M in Minnesota. Huber said George Buckley, a former member of the St. Thomas board of trustees hosted the vice chancellor and his assistants were hosted.

St. Thomas will begin an international partnership with England’s University of Huddersfield. The schools will likely collaborate on projects, grants or research.

St. Thomas will begin an international partnership with England’s University of Huddersfield. The schools will likely collaborate on projects, grants or research.

“We talked about curriculum. We shared ideas about research and different programs and departments,” Huber said. “We have so much to learn from one another.”

Huber said St. Thomas was drawn to Huddersfield because of its strong science and technology programs.

“Huddersfield University is reputationally a science and technology university,” Huber said. “We looked at opportunities certainly in the areas of science and technology. I think that’s where we’ll begin looking to collaborate.”

The universities have not decided what they will specifically collaborate on, but Huber said the possibilities include projects, grants, faculty research and student research with faculty members.

St. Thomas was drawn to the University of Huddersfield because of its strong science and technology programs. (Abby Golebiowski/TommieMedia)

St. Thomas was drawn to the University of Huddersfield because of its strong science and technology programs. (Abby Golebiowski/TommieMedia)

“We have specifically spelled out what that collaboration is going to be—that’s going to happen in the next couple weeks,” Huber said. “It will more than likely be in the area of science and technology.”

Senior and engineering major Stu Lombardo said he thinks the partnership has the potential to add value to his St. Thomas degree.

“There are only two schools that we can go to get credits to transfer abroad,” Lombardo said. “It is nice to have more options.”

Sophomore Christian Henning said the partnership could create more research opportunities.

“Research abroad over the summer or something would be super cool,” Henning said. “It would allow us to change the surroundings and just do something different.”

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2 Comments

  1. Emerald Tribuno
    Feb. 26, 2014 12:32 PM

    Wonderful to see this new partnership and the possibilities it opens up! Engineering students-contact our office to learn about all of our study abroad opportunities. We have have a list of programs for engineering students (more than 2!) on lots of continents!

  2. Thomas Engrav
    Mar. 1, 2014 4:38 PM

    Nice!

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