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12 October, 2017 - 12:55 By Kate Sweeney

Cranfield and Colorado universities in research collaboration

Cranfield Simon Harwood

Cranfield University has signed an International Memorandum of Understanding with Colorado State University (CSU) to develop collaboration in both education and research activities.

The agreement will initially focus on the defence and security sectors after CSU’s Office of Defense Engagement and Cranfield Defence and Security began informal co-ordination in August 2016.

Colorado State University, one of the top-performing public research institutions in the US, was established in 1870 and remains inspired by its land-grant heritage and world-class faculty, staff and students.

With annual research expenditures of more than $300 million, more than 33,000 students built on multiple, consecutive years of record enrolment, and with outreach and engagement programs in every county in Colorado, CSU serves the state, nation and world as it seeks to make a global difference.

Dr Simon Harwood, director of Cranfield Defence and Security said: “This MOU represents the start of an exciting new partnership between Cranfield and CSU.

“Along with our shared interests in defence and security, there is potential for wider collaboration across the universities in energy and power, the environment, agriculture, and water resources to enhance research and provide opportunities for our staff and students to work together and share their knowledge and expertise.”

Hank Gardner, CSU associate vice president and director of the Office of Defense Engagement added: “We are very enthusiastic about entering this partnership with Cranfield University, which is among the academic and research university leaders in the UK.”

Major areas of collaboration between the universities include the development of research proposals for future studies offering potential for the universities to co-apply for research grants and work together to produce scientific publications.

The IMOU allows for the exchange of researchers for short-term visits to work on research proposal development and share the results of scientific studies, and the exchange of academic staff to serve as guest instructors and to participate in workshops, conferences, and colloquium.

There may also be blended learning opportunities for students to take partner institution courses and resident/non-resident opportunities for students to take a mix of both CSU and Cranfield courses.

Both Cranfield and CSU offer academic and research programmes exploring the general themes of resilient societies, socio-economic development, governance, and environmental politics.

Additional areas of collaboration anticipated therefore include environmental and radiological health, human performance in relation to vehicle/system design, and defence/security-related canine medicine, rehabilitation and training. 

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Dr Simon Harwood, director of Cranfield Defence and Security

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