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King’s, UNC Initiate Royster Global Fellows Program

March 29, 2017
King's College London

On March 15, King’s College London welcomed Bob Miles, associate dean for study abroad and international exchanges in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for the launch of the King’s – UNC Royster Global Fellows Program. The interdisciplinary initiative will see 11 King’s PhD students from four faculties travel to UNC’s campus this July for the inaugural Royster Global Fellows meeting. Over the coming months, fellows from King’s and UNC will work collaboratively to develop a workshop which will focus on ‘the making of knowledge in the 21st century’.

The prestigious Royster Society of Fellows program has been offered at UNC for many years, and 2017 sees the first time it has been extended to engage graduate students from an international partner. King’s students taking part were provided an opportunity to meet with Miles during his visit and to learn about how the joint initiative has developed from Raphael Woolf, vice dean international for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Royster program lead for King’s. The selected students represent a range of disciplines including computer science, international development and nursing. The program highlights the importance of interdisciplinary efforts and will be an exciting opportunity for UNC and King’s fellows to work collaboratively across disciplines.

At a reception to formally launch the program, Miles said “UNC is very excited to welcome the first cohort of King’s Royster Global Fellows to our campus in July. The Royster Global Fellows program is an extension of our prevailing close relationship and will be a unique opportunity to work with peers across the Atlantic to shape the agenda of discussions around knowledge.”

Woolf commented: “King’s engagement in this prestigious program represents a new stage of progress for the King’s-UNC relationship. Building on many years of successful joint graduate workshops, the Royster Global Fellows program provides an innovative opportunity for PhD students at both our institutions to transcend disciplinary boundaries and consider fundamental questions about the role of knowledge in the 21st century.”

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