American university chiefs in Liverpool to mark landmark partnership with LJMU

Liverpool John Moores University has announced a series of new ventures with a leading American university, as leaders from Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) visit the city.

The new suite of agreements includes two new joint Masters programmes between SCSU & LJMU – an MSc in Coastal Resilience and a joint MBA, projected to launch in Autumn 2018.

The delegation includes one of LJMU’s new Honorary Fellows for 2017 – Dr Larry DeNardis, a member of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education and former United States Congressman, who was joined by the new President of SCSU, Dr Joe Bertolino, on his first visit to LJMU.

The partnership unlocks opportunity for exchange and knowledge sharing between students and staff on both sides of the Atlantic. For example, last summer, a combined group of SCSU and LJMU geography students spent ten days on a research visit to Iceland.

The visiting delegation also took part in a unique archaeological dig near Chester, where a team of eight visiting SCSU undergraduate students are excavating medieval and Bronze Age human remains from the Poulton Research Project site.

Other partnership developments include a new undergraduate student exchange scheme in Biological/Forensic Anthropology and Primatology that will see thirty LJMU students visit SCSU in 2017/18. Additionally, there will be research collaborations in Computer Science, Nursing, English, Public Health, Tourism and Sport Management.

Professor Nigel Weatherill, Vice Chancellor of LJMU said: “As we celebrate our 25th anniversary year, Liverpool John Moores University continues to develop its global outlook and unleash as many opportunities for our students to experience the unique international environment a university education offers. SCSU, like us, is a pioneering modern institution and this partnership will enhance our strengths across a wide range of subjects for the benefit of staff and students on both universities, for years to come.”

Dr Joe Bertolino, SCSU President, said: “I am delighted to be in Liverpool and thrilled that LJMU has joined us in this first major international partnership for our university. Our institutions have much in common, both in their roots and the populations they serve. At Southern, our top priority is to give our students as many experiences as possible while preparing them to live and work in a global economy, and this partnership furthers that goal.”

LJMU has an exchange programme with Southern Connecticut State University. 

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