UNC Hosts King’s College London Visitors to Discuss Community Engagement
July 31, 2017
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill welcomed Deborah Bull, assistant principal (London), and Lucy Shackleton, director of London engagement, from King’s College London on July 20 to explore the roles of universities in their communities.
King’s recently launched a new institutional strategy, King’s Strategic Vision 2029, that prioritizes public service and engagement with the city of London. Bull and Shackleton visited Chapel Hill to learn more about UNC’s engagement with the community and the variety of community outreach and public service initiatives that take place across the campus.
Bull and Shackleton met with staff from the Carolina Center for Public Service, Campus Y, Latino Migration Project, N.C. Sli, Carolina Navigators, World View and the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations to learn about their programs and initiatives.
Bull and Shackleton also engaged in discussion with a number of senior administrators about the central role of public service in the University’s mission and the various ways UNC engages with area governments, business, organizations and universities, including through collaborative research that addresses local challenges.
“Carolina prides itself on our history of public service to the state, nation and world,” said Carol Tresolini, vice provost for academic initiatives. “Working with valued global partners like King’s College London is an excellent way to not only share our effective strategies and initiatives but to also find ways to extend and improve on that mission.”
UNC’s collaboration with King’s College London, a research-led public university in the heart of London founded in 1828, exemplifies a commitment to building robust and multi-level global partnerships. In 2006, UNC and King’s College London established the UNC-King’s Strategic Alliance, initiated between UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences and King’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy. The alliance has expanded to become one of the most ambitious partnerships between U.S. and U.K. universities, including an active student exchange and longstanding and emerging joint activity in teaching, research and other initiatives in diverse fields across both universities.