USC Upstate Signs Agreement with Anglia Ruskin University That Expands International Engagement

November 14, 2017 at 11:33 am

The University of South Carolina Upstate has long been committed to providing opportunities for

Upstate Signs agreement with Anglia Ruskin University that expands international engagement opportunities for students and faculty.

students to gain and enhance international skills needed to enter and advance in an increasingly international and diverse local economy through study and service learning abroad. USC Upstate students and faculty will soon have additional opportunities for international engagement in England.

Eleven representatives from Anglia Ruskin University are visiting the USC Upstate campus on Nov. 13-14, 2017, which coincides with the 18th anniversary of International Education Week, an annual celebration of international education and exchange worldwide.

The Anglia Ruskin delegation and USC Upstate officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Nov. 13 that includes opportunities for students to study in England.

“USC Upstate is pleased to host the Anglia Ruskin delegates on our campus,” said Dr. Clif Flynn, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. “Formalizing an agreement with Anglia Ruskin University gives USC Upstate more opportunities for our students to study or conduct internships abroad.”

Officials signed a one-page MOU that sets out several points of cooperation, including “collaborative research, lectures, symposia, host-faculty-led study-abroad student groups, and cooperation in training projects for specific areas of interest,” according to a draft copy. There will also be exchange and study-abroad programs for both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as “exploration of topics for joint proposals for international funding,” Flynn said.

“MOUs such as the one with Anglia Ruskin create tremendous benefits for the entire University,” said USC Upstate Chancellor Brendan B. Kelly. “These types of international opportunities not only enhance the educational experience for our students, but also showcase our University on a global stage and raise the standard of excellence for a baccalaureate education throughout the region and the state.”

Dr. Alex Akulli serves as director of the USC Upstate Center for International Studies, which was established in 1996 to provide enhanced international experiences for USC Upstate students and faculty members via reciprocal agreements with various universities around the world. The Center provides curricular and personal support for international students, as well as assistance with internship placement in international and American local businesses.

The two universities have been in talks for almost all of 2017, according to Akulli. In February, a group from USC Upstate traveled to Cambridge for “a preliminary conversation.” In March, a small delegation from Anglia Ruskin visited the USC Upstate campus, followed by a trip in June from USC Upstate leaders to the university’s Cambridge campus.

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.