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Launch of Strategic Vision 2029 to London partners

Posted on 09/03/2017

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King’s College London will today share its Strategic Vision 2029 with London partners, and potential partners, at a breakfast launch jointly hosted by the President & Principal, Professor Edward Byrne AC, and Assistant Principal (London), Deborah Bull.

The launch brings together representatives from London’s businesses, local communities, charities, universities, schools, local and national government and others, to hear about Vision 2029 and the five key strategic priorities, one of which is to establish King’s as a civic university at the heart of London.

By strengthening King’s connections and porosity to London, the university aims to contribute to London’s health and success, fulfilling its role as a major institution at the heart of the capital. The vision sets out five steps to achieve this ambition:

  • Partnerships with London’s businesses, organisations and agencies to develop research collaborations that respond to London’s challenges and leverage King’s potential to work across disciplines
  • New formal and informal learning opportunities that integrate London into our students’ experience, helping them to develop the skills and networks that will support them in their future careers
  • Strong relationships with national and global entities headquartered in London, ensuring our connections deliver benefits to local communities
  • Partnerships with universities in London and the UK to consider shared challenges that will be most effectively addressed through coalition and collaboration
  • Mutually beneficial relationships in King’s home boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster, through a coordinated programme of civic engagement, King’s Local Partners.

By 2029, King’s ambition is to be regarded throughout the world as London’s leading civic university, making a valuable contribution to the city through a wide range of collaborations that draw London into King’s and put King’s expertise to work: benefitting society and the economy and delivering value to our local communities.

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Professor Edward Byrne, President & Principal, King's College LondonRepresenting one of the many ways in which King’s students already interact with and contribute to London is Tripat Mahajan, Co-President of King’s College London’s SMILE Society, who will speak at the launch about this charitable organisation run by King’s dental students to promote oral health in London. Students organise, promote and run dental hygiene workshops in local schools, applying skills and experience they have gained at the university to raise awareness of the need for good dental hygiene.

Professor Byrne (pictured right) described King’s ambition to build on success to date to put King’s energy and expertise to work in London: ‘There has perhaps never been a more important time for universities to play an active role locally, nationally and globally. The great institutions do not exist simply for the scholarly pursuit of knowledge – we are here to create, use and disseminate knowledge to help change lives and make the world a better place. This is our purpose. 

At King’s we have the ability – and the moral obligation – to bring the very best minds together. To inspire current and future generations through education to be the problem solvers and change-makers the world needs. To inform and innovate through our research activities and their impact. And to help to shape and transform society, through service and engagement.’

Deborah Bull, Assistant Principal (London), King's College LondonSpeaking about the strategic priority, Deborah Bull, Assistant Principal (London) (pictured left), said: ‘We believe universities have a key role to play in ensuring local communities thrive: providing not only the analytical and theoretical skills that support local place-making, but also animating and rejuvenating shared public spaces, supporting the local economy, developing skills and capacity and bringing together diverse voices to spark new ideas and opportunities.

‘Over the coming years, we want to work closely with our neighbours to develop our King’s Local Partners programme through symbiotic relationships that deliver benefits to our local communities while generating new opportunities for academics and students – across research, education and service.’

Strategic Vision 2029

King’s Strategic Vision 2029 is King’s College London’s newly launched strategy to 2029, the university’s 200th anniversary. It was developed by the King’s community of staff and students, and is an articulation of how King’s will make the world a better place by focusing on five key strategic priorities: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; an international community that serves the world.

The Vision demonstrates how King’s will continue to inspire future generations, through a rounded education, to be the critical thinkers, problem solvers and change-makers the world needs. Through the highest quality disciplinary research and interdisciplinary collaborations, King’s staff and students will contribute insights into and solutions for the world’s many diverse challenges. As a community of staff, students, partners and collaborators, King’s will serve the needs and aspirations of society both locally and across the globe.

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