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UEL signs collaboration agreement with Western Sydney University

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The University of East London and Western Sydney University create a working partnership

The University of East London has signed an agreement with Western Sydney University heralding a new era of academic collaboration.

The memorandum of understanding outlines where the two universities can work together on projects in areas such as sustainable development and health innovation. The partnership will also champion exchanges for academics and students. 

It was signed by the University of East London’s Professor Verity Brown, pro-vice chancellor (impact and innovation) – representing Professor Amanda Broderick, vice-chancellor and president – and Professor Barney Glover, vice-chancellor and president of Western Sydney University, in a ceremony at the University of East London’s Knowledge Dock building on its Royal Albert Docks campus. 

Professor Brown said, “The potential for close collaboration is something we’re very excited about and it will be very easy to translate this document into real, positive action.

“Most of the progress we achieve in universities is achieved through partnerships. The most obvious partnership is between academics and their students but for universities to work effectively there must be partnerships with the local community and internationally with other universities.”

Professor Glover said, “There are some really powerful reasons for Western Sydney and East London to talk to each other. We serve and support a region where there is educational disadvantage and we have student profiles that are very similar. 

“And there are also real opportunities to deepen our relationship in areas such as sustainability and the digital disruptive world reflecting the impact these changes are having on our students and their career paths. We’re very pleased to be signing this agreement.” 

Some of the aims of the partnership are to develop collaborative research programmes; organise joint academic and scientific conferences and courses; and share staff development and best practice.

The two institutions have a number of historical parallels. The University of East London began as a technical institute in 1898, while Western Sydney University was launched as an agricultural college in 1891. The University of East London became a university in 1992, three years after Western Sydney University made the switch. 

The signing came at the end of a four-day visit to London by the delegates from the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, a community initiative to promote the cause of the metropolitan area within the state capital of New South Wales.

The delegation was in London to learn lessons from London’s post-Olympic regeneration. Before the signing, representatives attended a discussion at Knowledge Dock about social housing provision, hearing how developers at the local Barking Riverside development worked closely with Barking and Dagenham Borough Council to meet the community’s housing aspirations. 

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Professor Verity Brown, pro-vice chancellor (impact and innovation) of the University of East London, left, and Professor Barney Glover, vice-chancellor and president of Western Sydney University sign and exchange the memorandum of understanding at the Knowledge Dock building at Royal Albert Dock.