University Formalizes Agreement with Anglia Ruskin University

June 15, 2017 at 2:13 pm

Administrators from USC Upstate and Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England sign a memorandum of understanding to pave the way for developing a variety of collaborative programs and opportunities.

A delegation from the University of South Carolina Upstate traveled to Cambridge, England, to cement an agreement to develop collaborative programs and learning opportunities with Anglia Ruskin University.

Dr. Alex Akulli, director of the USC Upstate Center for International Studies, said the June 12-13 trip gave USC Upstate faculty and key administrators the chance to meet with ARU leadership and establish a framework for future collaboration between the two schools. To formalize the agreement, Akulli said the delegation secured a Memorandum of Understanding to “pave the way for developing a variety of collaborative programs and opportunities for students and faculty engagement abroad.”

Representatives of the two schools signed the MOU on the morning of June 12.

The delegation included Dr. Brendan B. Kelly, chancellor; Dr. Clif Flynn, interim senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and director of graduate studies; Dr. Robert McCormick, associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences; and Akulli.

Building international partnerships helps USC Upstate attract top students and faculty to the university, Akulli said.

“Our goal is to establish a comprehensive university partnership with ARU that will not only create opportunities for USC Upstate students to study abroad, but also to facilitate USC Upstate’s capacity-building efforts,” he said. “We envision such partnerships to attract students and faculty to choose USC Upstate, not only for the quality programs that we provide on our campus, but also for the great opportunities that we facilitate for them abroad.”

The two schools have worked on an agreement throughout much of 2017, according to Akulli. In February, a group from ARU visited for “a preliminary conversation,” he said, which led to a mid-March follow-up visit to USC Upstate by ARU’s deputy dean for science and technology and director of Study Abroad.

While in the Upstate, the ARU delegates met with a variety of university administrators and faculty, as well as attended a lecture by celebrated World War II historian Rick Atkinson, who was on campus as part of the Dr. John B. Edmunds, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series.

Anglia Ruskin University traces its roots to 1858, when John Ruskin founded the Cambridge School of Art. Since then, a number of institutes and colleges have joined the university, which now has campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford, London and Peterborough.