Bournemouth University and the University of Saskatchewan (USask) held a digital celebratory event on the 9th of June to mark the signing of their partnership agreement. The University of Saskatchewan, based in Saskatoon in central Canada, is an important strategic partner for BU.
The event took place a day after George Freeman, MP, UK Minister of Science, Research and Innovation launched over £24m in new science and innovation agreements to deepen collaboration between the UK and Canada.
Jim Andrews, Chief Operating Officer at Bournemouth University comments, “I am delighted that we have signed a partnership with the University of Saskatchewan, a partner with whom we share many common values and priorities. I can see great potential for us to collaborate on areas of shared interest and expertise, including health sciences, sustainability, environmental science, social justice, and the world of business, to name just a few.”
The event bought together academics and staff from a diverse range of subject areas. Furthermore, the partnership will support BU’s aims to create a positive impact on the world, through shared expertise and learning across the universities.
A positive example of how BU is currently working collaboratively is through ‘Fusion at BU’, which brings together research, education and practice to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts. Each element informs and improves the others. ‘Fusion at BU’ was presented at the virtual event.
Dr Dawn Wallin, Associate Vice-President of Research at USask expressed her support for the continued growth and development of the partnership. In addition, Sonny Rathod, Head of Canada Partnerships at UK Research and Innovation identified the value of UK-Canada partnerships and shared ideas for potential research funding opportunities.
This celebratory event highlighted the power of shared learning through partnership work. Senior leaders and academics were able to share research areas and forge new relationships across a variety of fields such as materials science, engineering, nursing, business, media and criminology. These discussions will lead the way for future partnership work with the USask.
Dr Alastair Morrison, Head of International Partnerships at Bournemouth University said, “With the partnership in place and so many academics keen to collaborate, we are excited to keep working with USask to enable this partnership to flourish over the coming years.”
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