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King's and Sydney join forces

Posted on 19/06/2012

The Schools of Arts and Humanities and Social Science and Public Policy at King’s have cemented an esteemed partnership with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, enabling an unparalleled opportunity for international student exchange and joint program initiatives between the two institutions.

The landmark agreement sees two of the world’s leading humanities and social science institutions, in two great global cities, joining forces to provide unique research and learning opportunities for their students.

The multi-level partnership will foster closer research ties between the globally renowned faculties, ranging from informal workshops to visiting fellowships and externally funded research projects. The alliance will facilitate opportunities for undergraduate students to study at the partner institution. Both faculties are also committed to developing collaborative degrees at MA level and PhD level across a range of subjects.

Professor Jan Palmowski, Head of the School of Arts and Humanities at King’s, said: ‘Together, our two universities offer unparalleled breadth across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; but they also offer unique depth in areas ranging from medieval languages to classical performance, from digital culture to global history and from the history of philosophy to security studies.’

The partnership was sealed following continued exchanges between the institutions, which included two previous visits to the University of Sydney by Professor Palmowski in June 2012 and earlier in August 2011. 

Duncan Ivison, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, said: ‘I am delighted that we'll be working closely with the Schools of Arts and Humanities and of Social Science and Public Policy at King's College London over the coming years through this new partnership.

‘Our respective faculties are among the leading centres for research and teaching in the humanities in the world and this agreement will mean that our students will have an unrivalled set of opportunities to study at two great institutions in two of the world's greatest global cities.’

The University of Sydney is Australia’s first University, with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences commencing as the institution's premier teaching faculty at its opening in 1852.

The Faculty’s distinguished alumni include Australia’s first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton,  feminist commentator Germaine Greer, former President of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn, directors Bruce Beresford and Neil Armfield and Australia’s first Indigenous University graduate, Charles Perkins. Australian leaders who have graduated from the University include two governors-general, five Australian prime ministers, four chief justices of the High Court of Australia and twenty other justices of the High Court, as well as the third president of the United Nations General Assembly and three Nobel laureates

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is housed in the University of Sydney’s iconic sandstone Quadrangle. Situated in the heart of Sydney, the University of Sydney is ideally placed for students and researchers to take advantage of the city’s cultural and artistic attractions, including the Sydney Opera House, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Powerhouse Museum, and the Australian Museum.

Dean Ivison considers the partnership to be a convergence of faculties with shared research specialties and a common culture.

‘It also links our researchers in new and exciting partnerships that will build on our mutual strengths in areas such as classics, digital cultures, English, media and communications, medieval studies and philosophy,’ he said.

‘Sydney and London are renowned for their dynamism and cosmopolitanism. We hope this spirit will now also be reflected in our mutual commitment to work together across the humanities.’

The partnership agreement is now in place and will enable undergraduate exchange from September.

Further media information, please contact Anna Mitchell on or 0207 848 3092.

Click here for more information about study options at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

For further information about King’s, visit our ‘King’s in Brief’ page.

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