International Relations Office

Updates on the University's global engagement activities

Posts By: Amber Allonby

October visits from Oman and Jordan

📥  Event, Partnership, Visit

This month we welcomed delegations from Oman and Jordan.

Visit from Oman Ministry of Education, 11 October

Dr Al Kharusi was here to gain an understanding of our student support services and work placement options, as well as exploring the possibility of sending fully funded students to Bath to study at undergraduate level in the Faculty of Science and the Department of Education. Dr Al Kharusi met with colleagues from the Admissions and Outreach team and Faculty of Science.

Visit from Jordanian universities, 12 October

Representatives from the British Council, Princess Sumaya University for Technology, German Jordanian University, Queen Rania Centre for Entrepreneurship, Jordan Applied University and Al Quds College visited Bath as part of a UK study tour.

The visit was hosted by Professor Peter Lambert (Pro-Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching) and provided an opportunity for members of the roundtable (Dr Joe Devine, Dr Mary Hayden, Professor Jeff Thompson, Professor David Coley and Dr Jason Hart) to present an overview of their work in Jordan. The visitors later met with colleagues from the School of Management and Research & Innovation Services. The visit finished with a session on employability and student experience, getting information from International Mobility colleagues and placement managers, along with representatives from the Careers Service and the Students' Union.

The visit was well received and led to an invitation for Professor Lambert to visit the German Jordanian University.

 

Visit by the Hungarian Ambassador

📥  Event, Visit

On 6 November the University welcomed the Hungarian Ambassador to the UK on campus. As part of the Embassy's new strategic plan, His Excellency Péter Szabadhegy and the Science and Technology Attaché, Anikó Dobi-Rózsa, have been touring universities in the UK to meet with Hungarian students and to share information on Hungary's place in Europe.

In the morning the Ambassador met with the School of Management. Dean Professor Veronica Hope Hailey gave an overview of the School, including its research and range of undergraduate, postgraduate and post-experience level programmes. Dr Pete Nuttall, Stephen Rangecroft and Dr Tony Roath also attended from the School. The Ambassador was impressed by the work placements available, and was keen to learn how the School and the University do well in the rankings.

The Ambassador then had an informal lunch with our Hungarian students (there are currently 33 studying here), hoping to learn about the students’ transition from Hungary to studying in the UK. Having studied in New York and London, Ambassador Szabadhegy spoke about his own transition, informing us that his biggest adjustment was in fact moving back to Hungary in the 1990s after growing up in New York.

The Ambassador and Anikó Dobi-Rózsa with Hungarian students

The Ambassador and Anikó Dobi-Rózsa with Hungarian students

In the afternoon, His Excellency gave a talk entitled 'Hungary’s Place in the Heart of Europe and the World from an Economic and Geopolitical Perspective'. Around 40 staff and students attended.

The Ambassador talking to staff and students

The Ambassador talking to staff and students

The talk focused on the current European migrant crisis, as well as the history and economy of Hungary. It was interesting to note that Tesco is the largest private employer in Hungary, and that the UK is the fourth largest foreign investor. The Ambassador also talked about the impact of the 2008 financial crisis on Hungary, the near-collapse of the country and steps taken to improve the situation.

His Excellency Péter Szabadhegy

His Excellency Péter Szabadhegy

The Ambassador said of the visit: "It was a real pleasure to experience first-hand why the University of Bath has continued to climb the independent rankings of universities in the UK and in the world. I am very, very impressed!" The visit was a great chance to learn more about the Ambassador, our Hungarian students and a country in the heart of Europe.

 

International Relations Office wiki pages

📥  Announcement, Development, International Strategy

We have recently created the International Relations Office wiki pages for everything related to the International Strategy. We are using the wiki to share information with staff whilst our International Relations Office website is being developed. Here you can find more details of the three strands of IRO: International Partnerships, International Mobility and International Student Recruitment.

International Partnerships

  • international funding schemes (Bath International Research Funding Schemes, FAPESP and the Newton Fund)
  • international strategic partners
  • international strategic partner coordination groups
  • international visits

International Mobility

  • student exchange and summer school opportunities
  • setting-up and renewing international exchanges
  • exchange coordinator forums
  • the Erasmus+ Programme
  • funding to support studying overseas

International Student Recruitment

  • admissions information
  • market information
  • summary market plans
  • visit reports
  • country manager information

The page also includes guidance on travelling overseas on University business. Here you can find travel information, country-specific travel advice and useful links to travel and visa services.

 

Newton Fund and international grant successes

📥  Announcement, Funding/Scholarship

Many of our academics have recently been successful in securing financial support through the Newton Fund and international grants. It’s great to see them working on interesting international projects with the funding.

Some of these have been a result of seed funding from our International Funding Schemes. Here are some highlights:

  • Professor Karen Edler, from the Department of Chemistry, has gained Royal Society funding and run a UK-South Africa workshop called “Smarter Materials for a Sustainable Future - ordered and semi-ordered materials for application in sustainable chemical technologies”, in collaboration with our international strategic partner, Stellenbosch University.
  • Professor Anna Gilmore and Dr Karen Evans-Reeves, both from the Department for Health, have received Gates New Venture Funding to collaborate with the Cancer Council Victoria, the Centre for Behavioural Research on Cancer (CBRC) in Melbourne, Australia and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids in Washington DC. The project is entitled “Establishing a Sustainable Model of Tobacco Industry Monitoring in Sub-Saharan Africa”.
  • Dr John Chew, from the Department of Chemical Engineering, has secured funding from the Singapore Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund to work with Nanyang Technological University (another of our international strategic partners).
  • Dr Weijia Yuan, from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, has gained a Royal Society International Grant to work with the Chinese Electric Power Research Institute. The project is called “Applications of Large Scale High Temperature Superconducting Energy Storage Systems in Meshed Renewable Power Grids in the UK and China”.
  • Professor Simone Fullagar, from the Department for Health, has gained a Researcher Links Workshop Grant, which was used to run an international ECR workshop in Brazil on sport and transformation in March 2015 with our strategic partner, the University of São Paulo.
  • Dr Michael Proulx, from the Department of Psychology, and Dr Alexandra de Sousa, from Department of Biology and Biochemistry, will be making links with the Bandung Institute of Technology (in Bandung, Indonesia) and Universitas Indonesia, using a British Council Indonesia Second City HE Partnerships Travel Grant. They plan to visit this summer.
  • Dr Paula Kover, from the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, has won a Newton Mobility Grant with our strategic partner, the National Autonomous University of Mexico. The project is entitled “The influence of genomic and phenotypic differentiation in determining a species’ range”.
  • Dr Ana Dinerstein, from the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, has secured a British Academy Newton Mobility Grant to work on “Social Movements and Autonomous Education: New Pedagogical Experiences in Brazil and the UK” with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Drs Chris Chuck and Valeska Ting, both from the Department of Chemical Engineering, have won a travel grant from the Newton Research Collaboration Programme. They will be working on applying an algae solution to industrial waste with Hanoi University of Mining and Geology in Vietnam.
  • Dr Albert Bolhuis, from the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, has won a Newton Fund Researcher Links Travel Grant to work with the Vietnamese Academy of Sciences Institute of Biotechnology (IBT).

If you are interested in applying for international research funding or have any questions, please get in touch with Dr Caroline Ang and Dr Gillian Overend (Research & Innovation Services). For support for non-research related grants (e.g. travel grants), please contact Katja Nieminen (International Relations Office).

 

Visits from Latin America

📥  Event

Last week we welcomed senior colleagues from two of our international strategic partners in Latin America: the National University of Colombia (UNAL) and the University of Campinas (UNICAMP).

National University of Colombia, 4th June

Professor Catalina Arévalo Ferro, the Director of External Affairs, met with representatives from all Faculties and the School of Management. Professor Ferro’s visit was aimed at creating more opportunities for UNAL staff to collaborate with Bath and for UNAL students to study at Bath, due to an increasing demand from their students for exchange placements at Bath.

During the meeting we also discussed the opportunities for Bath students to benefit from our partnership with UNAL, including Spanish language courses, internships at UNAL’s research centres and summer schools.

University of Campinas, 5th June

Professor Alvaro Crósta, the Vice Rector, and Professor Eleonora C. Albano, Advisor in the International Relations Office, were here to meet with the Academic Skills Centre to discuss a bespoke teacher training course at Bath for UNICAMP academics.

The course will enable UNICAMP academics to improve their English language skills, and will teach them how to pass on their skills to others when they return to Brazil. This is an important skill to have, as a growing number of publications are written in English.

UNICAMP1 6 June 2015

 

More information about our partnership with UNAL and UNICAMP is available on our wiki page (Bath staff only).

 

 

International visits in June

📥  Event

We have a series of exciting visits involving our Strategic Partners this month. Here are some highlights to look out for:

  • On 4 June the Director of External Affairs from the National University of Colombia (UNAL) will be visiting the University to discuss the consolidation of existing and development of new activities under our university-wide partnership.
  • The Vice President Professor Alvaro Crósta and his adviser from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) will be visiting on 5 June. They are here to meet with the Academic Skills Centre to finalise a collaborative programme of teacher training activities that has been in development for the past year.
  • Professor Colin Grant, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation) is in South Africa this week visiting our Strategic Partner, Stellenbosch University. He will be discussing the next steps in our bilateral agreement and multilateral interests. Whilst in South Africa, he will also be in Pretoria to engage with policy makers.
  • A delegation from the Faculty of Engineering and Design, led by Dean Professor Gary Hawley, will be in Singapore to meet with Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore. Whilst in Singapore, there are also plans to meet with Dyson, Rolls Royce, Airbus and the Singapore Public Water Utility.

Exploring new opportunities for collaboration in research, Professor Grant will be in Qatar at the end of the month to meet with the Qatar Foundation, and in Dubai to meet with alumni and UK universities based there.

If you are a member of staff and have an international visit coming up, we'd like to know. Just send us an email to a.allonby@bath.ac.uk.