UNC, King’s College London Extend Strategic Alliance

March 13, 2014
Carol Folt and Rick Trainor

UNC Chancellor Carol L. Folt and Professor Sir Rick Trainor, principal and president of King's College London, sign a Memorandum of Understanding to renew the longstanding alliance of the universities. Photo by Jack Latimer.

A delegation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill led by Chancellor Carol Folt visited King’s College London on March 12 to extend the alliance, first initiated in 2005, between the two universities. The partnership is one of the most ambitious between a U.S. and U.K. university and covers a diverse range of academic fields.

King’s College London is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities based in the heart of London.

During the visit, Folt met with Professor Sir Rick Trainor, prinicipal and president of King’s College London; Joanna Newman, vice-principal for international; and Tayyeb Shah, director of international strategy. She was joined by UNC colleagues David Routh, vice chancellor for university development; Bob Miles, associate dean for study abroad and international exchanges in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences; and Daniel Lebold, director of development for UNC Global.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two universities was renewed at a signing that included King’s faculty members engaged in the partnership between the universities. They included Helen McCutcheon, head of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery; Dianne Rekow, dean of the Dental Institute; Nikolas Rose, head of the department of social science, health and medicine in the School of Social Science and Public Policy; and Adam Sutcliffe, head of the department of history in the School of Arts and Humanities.

“I’m delighted to come to King’s for the first time and receive such a generous welcome,” said Folt. “The alliance between our institutions is of deep value to Carolina faculty and students, and it’s been a pleasure to learn more about the important collaborative work underway and to identify new and exciting potential research collaborations across the arts and sciences.”

Trainor, principal and president of King’s College London,  said, “We warmly welcome the Chancellor of UNC to King’s on her first international visit since taking up her post, and are pleased to have the chance to discuss ways of deepening and extending what has already been an extremely successful partnership.”

The partnership between King’s and UNC originated in 2005 between UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences and King’s School of Arts and  Humanities and School of Social Science and Public Policy, championed by UNC’s Bob Miles and King’s professor David Ricks.

UNC and King's College London leaders Routh, Folt, Trainer, Newman

From left to right: David Routh, vice chancellor for university development, UNC; Carol L. Folt, chancellor, UNC; Rick Trainor, principal and president, King’s College London; Joanna Newman, vice president (international), King’s College London. Photo by Jack Latimer.

The UNC-King’s alliance is one of Carolina’s six strategic partnerships with longstanding and emerging collaborations across the University.

One particularly successful area of activity has been the organization of joint workshops and conferences by graduate students, which help cement the relationship between individual departments and provide research students with valuable international exposure.

The partnership is overseen by Bob Miles and the UNC Global team at UNC and by the Global Engagement Office, King’s Worldwide, at King’s. There is regular communication between the two sides to extend the partnership and facilitate and track collaboration. Their cooperation has furthered partnership development, joint communications and staff development exchange opportunities.

Further details about the UNC-King’s Strategic Alliance are available.


Photo by Jack Latimer

UNC Media Contact: Katie Bowler Young, director of global relations, UNC Global, kbowler@unc.edu, +1.919.962.4504

King’s College London Media Contact: Katya Nasim, international press officer, katya.nasim@kcl.ac.uk, +44.0207.848.3840