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Warwick-Monash alliance formally launched at Australia House

Group shot at Warwick Monash Alliance launch Professor Ed Byrne, Sir Alan Langlands, Professor Andrew Coats and Professor Nigel Thrift at the launch.

The University of Warwick and Monash University have formally launched their alliance with a special event at Australia House in London on Wednesday 31 October 2012.

The evening saw speeches by Sir Alan Langlands, the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the leadership of both universities, and by students already working on joint programmes across the two universities, all of whom outlined ways the alliance is already transforming both institutions’ approach to research, teaching and learning.

The formal alliance establishes both Warwick and Monash University as globally-connected institutions, and builds on a number of years of strong and productive relationships between the two universities.

The partnership will help meet the increasing student, industry and government demand for universities to produce graduates with a global education, and undertake research that aims to address world-relevant and strategically important problems that have proved too big for any one institution to date.

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Nigel Thrift and Monash University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Ed Byrne both addressed the event, as well as the recently appointed Academic Vice-President and Director of the Monash-Warwick Alliance Professor Andrew Coats.

Students working on joint Warwick-Monash programmes such as the Reinvention Journal and the Green Steps programme also spoke about the steps they were taking to closer alignment.

Last month saw the launch of the first ever jointly-published issue of Reinvention, which aims to showcase the best undergraduate research from around the world.

Green Steps is a joint programme for students to develop environmental skills which will make them more attractive to future employers.

Thanks go to Australia House for hosting the event.

Following the event, Professor Ed Byrne and Peter Marshall, Monash Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice-President, visited campus to participate in the first Alliance Steering Committee with Sir George Cox, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, and Dr Alan Finkel, Chair of Council at Monash, who joined by video link from Australia.