International partnerships


News on the University's strategic partnership initiatives for teaching, research and student mobility.

April 2019

The University of Sussex and Shanghai University have held initial talks on areas of collaboration and partnerships

A high level delegation led by Shanghai University Vice President (International), Professor Siyi Gong, visited Sussex in April 2019 and met with Media, Film and Music, the International Office and Global Engagement.

SIgning of MoU between Sussex and Shanghai University

Shanghai University is one of China’s leading research universities offering a range of programmes in the Arts, Humanities, Engineering and Business. They also boast a famous film school which is renowned across academic circles in China. Boasting a strong research ethos in the areas of ICT and Telecommunications, Advanced Material Sciences, Business, Economics, Fine Arts and Design.

The delegation discussed collaboration and partnership opportunities covering student mobility/exchanges, teacher training, joint workshops and articulation agreements. The Head of Global Engagement Leina Shi stated that “Our collaboration with SHU will be beneficial to our academics and students and will strengthen our already robust ties with partners in China”.

For further information about this initiative contact Peter Boddy, International Partnerships Officer, on


October 2018

Trade friendship - Georgetown University and Sussex academics continue to shape thinking on UK-US trade

A high-level delegation from Georgetown University and colleagues from the UK Trade Policy Observatory at the University of Sussex met this week to take forward joint work on the future of UK-US trade and to engage government officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; the Department for International Trade; HM Treasury; Digital Culture, Media and Sport; Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; and the Ministry of Justice. 


With less than six months to go until Brexit and no deal in sight between the UK and EU, as well as the Trump administration’s trade war with China threatening global economic growth, discussions focused on the possibilities of and prospects for a UK-US trade agreement in a climate of uncertainty, the future of the multilateral trading system, and wider trade and geopolitical issues.  

The visit marks the continuation of a Sussex-Georgetown dialogue on trade that started earlier in 2018 initiated by Professor Spiros Dimolitsas, Senior Vice President for Research & Chief Technology Officer at Georgetown University, and Professor Rorden Wilkinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Innovation at Sussex.

Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex, commented: "I am very keen to support this important work at a critical moment for the UK. Trade matters for the economy as a whole, and it is great to see senior researchers engaging with policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic on this issue." 

Professor Dimolitsas said: "I am thrilled that such engaging conversation between academics from these two institutions is taking place on such a topical subject. I am confident that the richness of the deliberations will be of use in thinking about trade in both the US and the UK." 

Professor Pietra Rivoli, Vice-Dean of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown, noted: "We have many overlapping interests and we very much look forward to continuing to have both academic and policy-focussed discussions around the many critical trade issues facing both the US and the UK." 

Professor Wilkinson added: "Our collaboration is unique in the perspectives it brings together, the extent of our combined expertise, and the capacity we have to contribute to policy on both sides of the Atlantic."

Joining Professors Dimolitsas and Rivoli from Georgetown were Brad Jensen, Rod Ludema, and Anna Maria Mayda.  They were hosted by Sussex colleagues Michael Gasiorek, Peter Holmes, Emily Lydgate, Ilona Serwicka, Erika Szyszczak, Jim Rollo, Alan Winters and Rorden Wilkinson.

The group’s first collaborative output setting out the key issues for a transatlantic agreement is: Briefing Paper 20 – The Future of US-UK Trade: What case for a bilateral trade agreement?

For more information on the Sussex / Georgetown University partnership, contact Peter Boddy, International Partnerships Officer, on


April 2018

Sussex Renmin Strategic Joint Fund makes first awards

The first awards have been made for a new strategic joint fund to support collaborative research between Sussex and Renmin University of China. 

The joint fund was launched by Sussex and Renmin University of China in Beijing, and will support a strategic partnership between the two universities. The fund is intended to bring together academics and resources, drawing on the strengths of both institutions to develop cutting-edge collaborative projects with impact. It is hoped that the fund will provide a stepping stone towards external funding.

Renmin is one of China’s most prestigious universities, and a global leader in humanities and social sciences. Since 2009 Sussex and Renmin have enjoyed a fruitful partnership, including student mobility, Sussex staff teaching on Renmin’s International Summer School as well as research workshops and joint panel discussions. Researchers collaborate in the areas of international law, corruption studiesinternational business, energy economics and intrapreneurship.

Funded activities may include visits for research groups to establish new contacts and explore possibilities for collaboration; preparing joint research bids; supporting internationally co-authored publications; and development of new interdisciplinary research programmes.

In the first round of the joint fund, two awards have been made. These will build on existing research collaborations in corporate entrepreneurship and finance.

Sussex’s Dr Monica Masucci and Renmin’s Professor Kangtao Ye have been awarded funding for a two-year project to design and carry out a cross-country survey. The project, led by the Intrapreneurship HUB, will look to identify how UK and Chinese companies from different sectors support corporate entrepreneurship and innovation, the challenges they face and the key enablers.

Dr Ding Chen, Lecturer in Finance at Sussex, and his Renmin collaborator Dr Biao Guo have been awarded a year’s funding for joint research in quantitative finance. They will develop a way to look at investor rationality on different financial instruments offered by the same company. The research will help investor strategies and risk management, which will improve market information and disclosure.

Congratulations to the successful applicants. For further information on the joint seed fund or the Sussex-Renmin partnership, please contact Georgie Chesman, International Partnerships Officer on


March 2018

Sussex Strengthens ties to South East Asia 

Sussex visited Malaysia and Singapore to strengthen partnerships and provide opportunities for staff and students in one of the most dynamic regions. 

delegation was led by Professor Stephen Shute, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources), and included academic leaders from the School of Business, Management and Economics and School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, as well as Professional Service staff from Development and Alumni, Global Engagement and International Recruitment. 

Staff engaged with alumni networks and visited partner universities, with the aim of increasing student mobility, recruitment and collaborative research.

The visit strengthened academic links that have been established since the University opened a regional office in Malaysia in 2015, including with the University of Malaya, Taylor’s University and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).Professor Stephen Shute, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) with University of Malaya Associate Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Kamila Ghazali, following the Memorandum of Understanding signing

At the University of Malaya, Professor Shute signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which will enhance research cooperation and undergraduate research training. The group also met Sussex alumni employed at the University in a variety of academic fields, including artificial intelligence and chemistry. 

Taylor’s University and NTU have become popular destinations for student mobility, with both institutions hosting Sussex students for Global Excellence and First-Generation summer schools.

At NTU, ranked 52nd in the world in 2018, Sussex also has a student exchange agreement in place. This has allowed over 20 students to benefit from study abroad since the partnership was founded two years ago. Sussex and NTU plan to invest further in links between the two universities by supporting professional staff mobility and research alliances.

The visit to the region connected Sussex staff with alumni and partners at events in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Professor Alan Dalton presented to guests the cutting-edge research in nanotechnology by the Materials Physics GroupThe reception in Kuala Lumpur was attended by over 60 guests, including Sussex alumna, socio-political activist and writer Marina Mahathir (SOC 1976). Marina gave a guest speech, reminiscing fondly about her time as a student at Sussex. 

For more information on Sussex partnerships in South East Asia, contact Georgie Chesman, International Partnerships Officer (

22 March 2018

Sussex exchange partnership wins Chinese national scholarship award 

The student exchange partnership between the University of Sussex and the Chinese University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen has been selected as a 2018 ‘National Outstanding Undergraduate International Exchange Program’ by China’s Ministry of Education.

The Ministry of Education scheme was set up in 2012 to facilitate collaborations between premier domestic universities and world-leading partner institutions. It aims to promote cross-cultural communication and develop the international competitiveness of Chinese undergraduate students.

Eligible Chinese students will receive a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC), the body responsible for the administration of Chinese government scholarship programmes. The award will cover their airfare and living expenses at Sussex.

‘Sussex has one of the UK’s most successful study abroad programmes and we’re delighted that the Chinese government has recognised the quality of this exchange partnership’, said Victoria Shaw, Assistant Head of International (Strategic Partnerships) at Sussex.

‘The University hopes to grow the exchange in both directions, enabling more Sussex students to experience academic life in one of the world’s most exciting and dynamic regions’

The student exchange between Sussex and CUHK-Shenzhen was set up in 2015 and allows business and management, engineering, life sciences, mathematics and physics students to study for up to a year in China, taking courses taught in English.

It is one of several strategic initiatives between the two universities, underpinned by a University-level cooperation agreement. Others include Professional Staff Fellowships, collaborative programme development and International Junior Research Associate placements. From 2019, Sussex will also offer CUHK-Shenzhen courses to undergraduate students under the Global Excellence Summer Programme.

Students should contact Ester Aventin, Executive Officer (Asian Programmes), for more information on the exchange.

Sussex and Tokyo Tech work together to provide a world-class student experience 

The University of Sussex has agreed a partnership with a top Japanese university to internationalise professional services and explore co-operation on education and research. 

Tokyo Tech group photoThe President of Tokyo Institute of Technology, Professor Yoshinao Mishima, visited Sussex this week, accompanied by the University's Executive Vice President and a delegation of professional staff.

The aim of the visit was to agree an administrator exchange to share best practice in the professional services. This will facilitate staff development, improve support for international scholars and help both universities provide an excellent student experience.

Tokyo Tech is Japan's top national institution for science and technology. With a history spanning more than 130 years, it has been ranked in the country's top three universities.

In 2014, it was named as a recipient of funding under Japan’s Top Global Universities Project, set up to strengthen the international competitiveness of higher education in Japan. Commitments under the project include education reform and the promotion of international collaborative research.

"I am delighted to be embarking on this initiative with Tokyo Tech," said Professor Adam Tickell, Sussex Vice-Chancellor, during the visit."It has an excellent reputation as a top-tier world university and a global hub for scientific knowledge and talent.

"It is an institution dedicated to the development of a better world through science and technology, something that resonates strongly with our values here are Sussex." 

Tokyo Tech signingThe delegation also discussed prospects for new research links and student exchange. Both universities offer undergraduate research placements and Tokyo Tech delivers some of its international programmes in English.

East Asia is an increasingly popular region for Sussex students studying abroad and a top destination for the University’s Global Excellence Summer Programme.

For more information on the partnership, contact Victoria Shaw, Assistant Head of International (Strategic Partnerships) on


17 August 2017

Three new International Research Partnerships and Network Fund awards made

Sussex Research and the International Office have made three awards under the International Research Partnerships and Network Fund.

The initiative, financed by the University’s International Partnership Development Fund, was designed to enable the University’s Research Centres to develop and enhance international strategic partnerships and networks that facilitate sustainable research programmes.

Professor Alan Lester, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Interdisciplinary Research), said: “Each of these awards will enable Sussex to partner with leading research institutions around the world to conduct targeted, first-class research on an enduring, collaborative basis.”

The following International Research Partnership and Network Fund awards were made:

Professor Magnus Marsden, Director of the Sussex Asia Centre, has been awarded funds to develop the Inter-Asian Dynamics Research Network. This interdisciplinary research network will involve the University of Sussex Asia Centre, the Asia Research Institution and Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore, the Koç University Asia Centre, and the Afghanistan Centre for Strategic Studies (Kabul). The partnership will develop original research on Inter-Asian connections, comparisons and circulations.

Professor Maya Unnithan, Director of the Centre for Cultures, Reproduction, Technologies and Heath (CORTH), was awarded funds for Narrating Blood: An international network for cross-cultural research and intervention into blood-related reproductive and adolescent health and care- economies in India, Bangladesh, Ghana and the UK. The proposed programme of work will create a unique network of scholars across the globe to ‘talk about blood’. Drawing together complementary international and national research expertise from across anthropology, psychology, education, geography, migration, medical and public health, the programme will establish a set of analytic and methodological instruments to address the social, economic and health burden of hidden blood related conditions such as anemia in lower and middle income countries. It will focus on the way blood is narrated within policy discourse as well as perceived in terms of weakness (anemia) or stigma (menstrual) in everday family, school and livelihood contexts in poor, rural, urban and migrating populations.

Professor Andrew Hadfield, Director of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, was awarded funds for the UCD-Sussex Medieval and Renaissance Network. The Medieval and Renaissance Network will develop and enhance research and the study of Medieval and Early Modern literature and culture at both Sussex and University College Dublin.


7 August 2017

Joint Strategic Seed Fund established between Sussex and Renmin University of China

The University of Sussex and Renmin University of China have announced a new Joint Strategic Seed Fund, with the aim of pooling resources to develop joint research with global impact and the development of new interdisciplinary research programmes. 

The Fund is one of a number of strategic partnership initiatives designed to support Sussex faculty in working internationally to enhance research quality, address global questions and access new sources of funding for cutting-edge collaborative projects.

It builds on the successes of existing collaborations with Renmin, one of China’s foremost research universities, and a global leader in humanities and social sciences. The Beijing-based institution houses a number of influential research centres and think tanks and has a high-calibre professional alumni network, particularly in business, law, media and politics.

The School of Law Politics and Sociology at Sussex has a history of co-operation, previously hosting joint workshops and symposia. These have included a high-profile event at the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Beijing on corruption and anti-corruption, in partnership with Renmin’s Law School and the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption.

The School of Business, Management and Economics at Sussex has enjoyed longstanding connections with Renmin’s School of Business, now a member of the Intrapreneurship Hub along with Milan’s SDA Bocconi School of Management. Earlier this year, Dr Liang Chen was awarded an inaugural Harry Kroto Fellowship for a joint research project.

Sussex and Renmin also work together on undergraduate research trainingsummer schools and student exchange. Earlier this year, Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell led a delegation to Renmin to strengthen ties between the two universities.

"This initiative will deepen the institutional relationship between Sussex and Renmin, as well as supporting new and existing co-operation," said Professor Tickell. "It will lead to high-quality research with global impact, and lasting relationships for future collaboration."

Staff from both universities can apply to the Fund, which is now open for application. To discuss prospective proposals, contact Georgie Chesman, International Partnerships Officer and lead for the Sussex-Renmin partnership ( 


25 July 2017

Sussex and strategic partners nurture the next generation of global research talent

The students are participating in the International Junior Research Associate (IJRA) scheme, which provides beneficial research experience in preparation for future PhD study. Students from selected international partners are supervised by Sussex faculty for an eight-week summer project.

 This year, 18 students are participating from seven countries, with projects hosted in eight Schools at Sussex. Partners include Georgetown University, Lund University, Monash University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the University of California Santa Cruz, the University of Ghana, Tomsk State University and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).

Where possible, placements are identified that involve students in collaborative research taking place with the partner University. Prof Ed Hughes, Head of Department of Music noted that "thanks to an IJRA student from University of California Santa Cruz we are working this summer on the John Altman Jazz Archive, a unique collection of live performances of jazz on screen from television and film throughout the 20th century. This is building up Sussex and Santa Cruz’s knowledge and resources in this exciting field, and also strengthening international contacts between the two music departments.”

A reception was arranged for students to share their research with an academic and professional audience. Supervisors and students delivered joint presentations to introduce the projects and wider research contexts.

Students spoke on a highly diverse range of projects, which included the interpretation of archived jazz performances; what local sedimentary deposits can tell us about climate change; creating teacher incentives in Ghana; and the role of the Smc5/6 complex in genome stability.

The event was hosted by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Michael Davies, who commented on the high quality of the presentations. ‘Students are seizing this exceptional opportunity to engage with distinguished researchers and develop international networks. I wish them all the best with their future research careers.’

The scheme is managed jointly by International Partnerships and the Doctoral School, with support from the International Partnership Development Fund. For more information, contact International Partnerships Officer Georgie Chesman.


19 July 2017

Sussex honours former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana for his contribution to the field of African economics

Professor Ernest Aryeetey, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana was awarded an honorary degree from Sussex on Wednesday (19 July 2017), in recognition of his contribution to the field of African economics.

Prof Ernest Aryeetey former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana following the award of his honorary degreeVice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana from 2010 to 2016, Prof Aryeetey previously has held academic posts at the University of London, Yale, Cornell and Swarthmore. He obtained a doctorate for his work in Political Economy from the University of Dortmund in 1985.

His research focuses on the economics of development with interests in institutions and their role in development, regional integration, economic reforms, financial systems in support of development and small enterprise development.

Continuing his work as a staunch advocate for the importance of research-intensive universities for the African continent, Prof Aryeetey was appointed the first Secretary-General of The African Research Universities Alliance in 2016. The group seeks to combines the strengths of sixteen research-strong universities to undertake joint research and training, including addressing the key development priorities of the Africa.

The warmth with which he was received on Wednesday and on a previous visit to Sussex in February 2015, reflects his own long and extensive connections with Sussex and the Institute of Development Studies, as well as his support for the collaborations of others from across the two institutions.

In his acceptance speech, Prof Aryeetey paid tribute to the strong institutional partnership between Sussex Ghana, which sees a number of individuals and research centres collaborate on an array of research, such as the Migrating out of Poverty Consortium, and the IDS Future Agricultures Consortium. He has also supported the Sussex-Ghana Partnership on Improving Basic Education Systems in Africa, which has ensured the second successful International Conference on Education Research for Development (ICERDA), and the development of teacher education programmes, collaborative research and academic exchange. This partnership was praised by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as a model for building regional centres of excellence.


14 July 2017

Record numbers of Sussex students take part in summer schools at top global partners

Over 125 undergraduates will head out to leading international partners over the coming weeks, all supported by around £65,000 in bursaries from the International Partnership Development Fund.

The Global Excellence Summer Programme (GESP) has grown 10-fold since 2013, with partners now in Austria, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Spain and Taiwan.

These include established study abroad links, such as Bocconi University, Humboldt University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Renmin University and Utrecht University.

New partners for 2017 include top 100 global institutions McGill University, Washington University in St Louis, the University of Helsinki and Fudan University.

This year, a record five students have been selected to undertake a research placement at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, allowing them to join a world-class research team and work  alongside leading experts in the field.

‘The Global Excellence Summer Programme builds on our strong partnership network to provide outstanding opportunities for undergraduates,’ said Professor Stephen Shute, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources). ‘Participating students develop self-reliance and global competency, which are increasingly important for professional employment.’

Summer schools range from two weeks to two months, with many of the rigorous academic courses tailored to the host region. Students can also benefit from language study and immerse themselves in the local culture through activities and excursions.

The experience supports networks for future career development and participants often make lifelong friendships with peers from around the world. Gaining a taster of study abroad has also led to an uptake in further mobility amongst returnees. 

‘My time in Taiwan was incredible,’ said Chloe Quinn, a law student who visited National Chengchi University last year, taking classes from prominent experts in Chinese Classics. ‘The University also organised excursions on Thursdays and Fridays within Taipei and to other places around the island.’

This scheme is open to first and second year students and full scholarships are available to First Generation Scholars for limited partners. For further information, contact Lucy Cahalin in the Sussex Abroad office on


6 July 2017

Sussex and HKUST link up to work on neuroscience and cancer

Over 30 distinguished scientists gathered at Sussex last week to tackle problems in genome instability, a characteristic of most cancers, and neurobiology.

A delegation from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology spent three days at the University for the collaborative workshop, which provided the opportunity to share scientific techniques, data, analytical tools and facilities, and will provide a platform for collaborations between laboratories.

Investigators identified a number of priority areas for joint research – including chromosome segregation, DNA replication-induced genome instability, sensory neuroscience, neurodegeneration and cell signalling – and agreed to develop new international projects in these fields over the next year.

"The workshop provided an excellent opportunity to identify areas of overlapping interest and all of our HKUST guests found potential collaborators," said Professor Tony Carr, Director of the Sussex Genome Damage and Stability Centre, which co-hosted the visiting researchers.

The event was the product of close ties between the Genome Damage and Stability Centre, Sussex Neuroscience, and the Division of Life Science at HKUST, one of the world’s top 50 universities. It follows a 2015 conference in Hong Kong, supported by the Croucher Foundation, which highlighted commonality in the approaches used by scientists at both institutions and generated new research questions.

Last year, the two universities launched a dual PhD programme to train the next generation of international scientists, which will enrol its first set of students in September.

"This workshop is an important step in strengthening our existing strategic relationship with HKUST," said Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor at Sussex. "International collaboration is increasingly becoming critical to excellent research, and this partnership will reveal new ways of approaching scientific challenges and solutions."

Sussex and HKUST scientists are also co-operating on joint field courses and undergraduate research training, and have worked together to promote gender equality in the life sciences in the UK and Hong Kong in partnership with the British Council.

For more information on the University's partnership with HKUST, email Victoria Shaw, Assistant Head of International (Strategic Partnerships), on


5 July 2017

Vice-Chancellor of the Asian University for Women visits Sussex

The recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Sussex and the Asian University for Women (AUW) was celebrated recently by the visit of AUW Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nirmala Rao.



As part of her visit, Professor Rao spent time with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adam Tickell, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), Professor Clare Mackie - in addition to colleagues from DARO, the Scholarships Office, Sussex Abroad, ISS and ADQE.

Professor Rao also met with a number of Sussex academics to discuss research and teaching synergies – with a number of key collaborations both institutions are interested in developing in research and teaching.

Amongst a range of new opportunities the group discussed the potential to grow the number of scholarships aimed at enabling AUW students to pursue a Masters at Sussex - with two AUW students due for September 2017 entry at Sussex on the new Sussex-AUW postgraduate scholarships.

Speaking during her visit, Professor Rao, said: “A large part of my visit today is to ensure that we involve a wider group who can take ownership of this partnership and be engaged in a fruitful way, in a more meaningful way – as I’m a great believer in involving the academic community in the partnership.

“I must say a big thank you to the University of Sussex, it’s the first university in the country to have instituted this kind of scholarship.

“We have two students coming to study at Sussex in September and it will give both of these students the chance to transform their lives – and to give them access to higher education in a way that neither of them will have ever dreamt.

“I hope at the end of their studies that they will go back to their communities or go onto bigger jobs and hopefully, one day, come back to do a doctoral programme at the University of Sussex.”                                                                

Founded in 2008 as a centre of excellence for women’s education, AUW has a student body of more than 600 women from 15 countries – including many from the war-torn areas of Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.

Its establishment came from deliberations by the World Bank, which saw the need for a university in the Asian subcontinent that would attract young women from particularly deprived and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Professor Rao added: “Students come from 15 different countries - including particularly vulnerable environments such as refugee camps and areas affected by war. These students are – with time - set to become the future leaders across Asia and the Middle East.”


4 May 2017

Sussex and Cornell work together on research training and development

The University of Sussex and Cornell University are working together to open up international opportunities for undergraduates and doctoral students.

Sussex and Cornell work together on research training and developmentUnder its JRA International scheme, Sussex will organise undergraduate projects in the fields of international development and sustainability for Cornell students to work on during the summer. The first Cornell student will arrive in June to undertake research on the late President Idi Amin Dada of Uganda under the supervision of Dr Mark Leopold.

Meanwhile, the School of Global Studies and Doctoral School at Sussex will continue and grow the existing doctoral collaboration with Cornell, with an initial focus on migration, international development and sustainability.

These were two of the outcomes of a delegation to Cornell led by Professor Stephen Shute, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources), and encompassing staff from International Partnerships, Life Sciences, Global Studies and the Doctoral School.

'This visit has highlighted the mutual benefits of working together on international initiatives,' said Professor Shute. ‘Joint working will help both universities tackle global research challenges and open up outstanding international experiences for taught and research students.'

The group spent two days at Cornell, meeting with faculty from the Department of Development Sociology and Cornell Population Centre, and leaders from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell Abroad, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Internationalisation. Professor Shute also made connections with the Dean and faculty of Cornell Law School.

Opportunities to work in alliance on collaborative research, student mobility, teaching programme development and the internationalisation of professional services were discussed.

Sussex delegation with College of Agricultural and Life SciencesThe visit builds on the Sussex-Cornell Partnership in international development, which was established in 2013 with support from the University’s International Partnership Development Fund.  In 2013, an agreement was signed, bringing researchers from Sussex, Cornell and IDS together for joint research, teaching and doctoral exchange. Sussex was ranked first globally in this academic field by the latest QS World University Rankings.

To learn more about the University’s links with Cornell or get involved, please contact Victoria Shaw, Assistant Head of International (Strategic Partnerships) on, or Professor Justin Rosenberg in the School of Global Studies on


7 April 2017

New international media programme first of its kind in the UK and Hong Kong

Sussex Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Prof Michael Davies, and an eight-member delegation from the University, were hosted by Professor Joseph Sung, Vice-Chancellor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong last week, for a ceremony to launch a joint International Programme on Global Communication.

CUHK launch ceremonyThe four-year programme, starting this year, is the first of its kind in Hong Kong and in the UK. It provides students with the opportunity to study in both the UK and Hong Kong, with integrated practical training and a global learning experience.

Developed by the School of Journalism and Communication at CUHK and the School of Media, Film and Music at Sussex, the programme features a structured exchange, whereby each cohort of students admitted by CUHK and Sussex will study together for two years, enrolled on core courses jointly drawn up by the two universities.

‘CUHK is committed to building deep and innovative teaching collaborations with like-minded, outstanding institutions, said Prof Sung. ‘This will equip our students with the necessary knowledge and skills, and a global mind-set to succeed in today’s world and make lifelong contributions to society.’

‘This new programme reflects the true spirit of international higher education cooperation,’ said Prof Davies, who thanked Professor Sung for his enduring support for the close alliance between the two universities.

CUHK launch ceremonyThe new degree was celebrated at a British Council event on global issues in media and communication, featuring TVB political journalist Kenneth Ng King Tsun.

Sussex has a long history of connections with CUHK, one of Asia’s leading universities and recently placed in the world’s top 100 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The University's founding Vice-Chancellor, Lord Fulton, chaired the commission that recommended the establishment of CUHK in 1963, and collaboration on student mobility and research has been running for a number of years.


5 April 2017

Critical minds needed more than ever to navigate global media landscape, say Sussex and The Chinese University of Hong Kong

In the face of an increasing challenging global media landscape, we need media literate graduates more than ever to understand the world we live in. This was the view of experts from the University of Sussex and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) speaking in Hong Kong last week.

Kenneth NgProf Tim Jordan, Head of the School of Media, Film and Music at Sussex and Prof Anthony Fung, Director of the School of Journalism and Communication at CUHK, were presenting at a packed British Council event to launch a new International Programme on Global Communication.

They were joined by special guest Mr Kenneth Ng King Tsun, Principal Producer at Hong Kong’s Television Broadcasts Limited and winner of a 2016 British Council Professional Achievement Award.

An established political journalist, Mr Ng has covered elections in Hong Kong and Taiwan, controversial political reform, and international affairs, including the remarkable 2016 US presidential election. Since 2012, he has hosted the talk show On the Record, recognised as one of the most insightful news programmes in Hong Kong.

Citing examples from Hong Kong, the UK and the USA, Mr Ng joined Profs Jordan and Fung in discussing some of the global issues facing the media industry today, including changing business models, fake news, social media and ‘echo chambers’, and a lack of trust in even the most established media institutions.

Anthony FungMr Ng highlighted that the introduction of smart phones has led to mainstream media becoming sensationalised. Headlines are shared instantaneously on digital platforms, with many users failing to read the content, compromising high quality insight and investigative journalism.

The panel called for audiences to ‘open their eyes’ and engage critically with the media, comparing different angles on reports and seeking out content that is less biased and more objective. ‘The critical study of this field is more important than ever before,’ said Prof Jordan. ‘It is very hard to understand the world today without a critical understanding of media and communication.’

The International Programme on Global Communication is a four-year undergraduate programme run jointly by The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. Starting in 2017, it will allow students to study in both the UK and Hong Kong, with the aim of nurturing global leaders in communication, journalism and creative and digital media. It is underpinned by the institutional partnership between the two universities.


16 February 2017

Sussex Law School teams ups with University of Lagos on new research network

Dr Femi Amao, Senior Lecturer in Corporate/Commercial Law at the Sussex Law School

Dr Femi Amao from the Sussex Law School has been awarded a research networking grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support the creation of a multidisciplinary network in partnership with the Faculty of Law at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

The African Union Law research initiative brings together leading experts from policy, practice and academia. It will provide the foundation for an enduring research centre and international alliance to support ongoing work after the initial funding period.

By offering new contributions on African Union Law, the network will provide a platform for existing researchers and support the next generation of researchers in this rapidly developing field.

It will also facilitate the development of new curricula on African Union Law in the UK and across Africa, creating a rising pool of students, researchers and expertise.

"The theme of this project is topical and important in the context of Africa," said Professor Akin Ibidapo-Obe, former Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Lagos.

"It has the potential to shape the discourse on the emergent concept of African Union Law as a source of standard setting and also a subject for research and teaching. We are excited to be part of this ground-breaking and innovative project."

The University of Lagos is well placed to be the African hub for the network as one of the foremost research universities on the continent.

The initiative also builds on existing ties between the two universities. In 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed, underscoring a commitment to co-operation in teaching and research, and Lagos has since hosted Sussex faculty for teaching exchange. The University of Lagos is also a partner for the Sussex JRA International programme.


7 February 2017

The Chinese University of Hong Kong opens its doors to Sussex researchers

CUHK lectureThe Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is now inviting applications from Sussex faculty members for its Inbound Research Mobility Scheme for 2017-18.

The scheme promotes the development of academic and research partnerships between the two institutions and follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2013. It builds on the growing institutional partnership between Sussex and CUHK, one of Asia’s leading universities that was ranked 76th globally in the most recent THE World University Rankings. 

The Inbound Research Mobility Scheme encourages the development of collaborations with leaders in frontier research by supporting inbound research visits from universities and institutions overseas. It enables inbound visiting scholars from overseas universities to undertake short-term research visits at CUHK.

The visiting faculty members may participate in academic activities of exploratory and developmental nature, including but not limited to, developing research collaborations with CUHK faculty members, delivering seminars, and engaging in academic exchanges and meetings with faculty members and students of CUHK.

Hotel/on-campus accommodation will be provided to the selected inbound visiting faculty members for up to seven nights.

Programme guidelines and an application form are available on the CUHK Office of Academic Links web page.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 13 April 2017.


31 January 2017

Opportunities for Sussex PhD students to visit Hong Kong for research collaborations

            The Chinese University of Hong Kong campus           

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is inviting applications from doctoral researchers at Sussex for its Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence.

The invitation builds on the growing institutional partnership between Sussex and CUHK, one of Asia’s leading universities that was ranked 76th globally in the most recent THE World University Rankings. Under an institutional Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2013, both institutions have committed to investment in international research collaboration and student mobility.

The Global Scholarship Programme aims to enhance research excellence at CUHK through strengthening the University’s ties with leading research universities and institutes around the world.

It supports PhD students to undertake short-term research attachments at CUHK, allowing them to enrich their learning experience and facilitating research collaborations between faculty members at CUHK and their international counterparts.

Full-time Sussex doctoral researchers from all disciplines are eligible to apply for the short-term placements, which must take place between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018. Shared on-campus accommodation will be provided.

The programme guidelines and application form are available on the CUHK Office of Academic Links web page

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 5 April 2017.


12 January 2017

Universities of Ghana and Sussex launch Strategic Fund

New initiative will contribute to capacity building at both universities and drive research and teaching collaborations to address global challenges.

Participants in the 2016 panel discussion on Global North-South Higher Education Collaboration The University of Sussex and the University of Ghana have announced a new Strategic Fund to support staff mobility, with the aim of pooling resources to develop joint research with global impact, advance innovative teaching and internationalise professional services.

The fund builds on the successes of existing collaborations with the University of Ghana, which is the oldest and largest university in Ghana, the leading university in West Africa and one of the foremost research institutions on the African continent.

In addition to many individual links, a number of Sussex research centres already work in partnership with the University of Ghana, including the Sussex Africa Centre, Sussex Centre for Migration Research, Centre for International Education, the STEPS Centre, and the Institute of Development Studies.

The Sussex-Ghana Partnership on Improving Basic Education Systems in Africa was praised by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as a model for building regional centres of excellence. It has given rise to a successful international conference series, ICERDA, teacher education programmes, collaborative research and academic exchange.

Sussex and Ghana also work together on undergraduate research training, summer schools and study tours. In 2016, the two universities co-hosted a high-profile panel discussion on Global North-South HE Collaboration in partnership with the Ghanaian Ministry of Education and the British Council.

Professor Michael Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Sussex, said: "This agreement opens the door for colleagues at both Sussex and Ghana to build on the strong relationships that already exist. It is my hope that it will lead to high-quality research with global impact, as well as pioneering educational opportunities for students."

Staff from both universities can apply to the Fund, which opens for applications on 27 January. Further details for Sussex staff are available on the International Partnership Development Fund page.


6 December 2016

Sussex to team up with leading Hong Kong university to launch dual PhD in cancer science

Global genome damage and stability programme will train the next generation of cancer scientists.

Professor Michael Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Sussex with Professor Karl Herrup, Head of Life Science at HKUSTThe University of Sussex is to team up with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) to launch an innovative international PhD programme in cancer science next year.

The dual degree will be run jointly by top scientists from HKUST, one of the world’s top 50 universities, and the Genome Damage and Stability Centre (GDSC) at the University of Sussex, an internationally renowned centre investigating the responses of cells to genome damage and their relationship to cancer and other aspects of human disease.

The programme is the product of close ties between laboratories within the Division of Life Science at HKUST and the GDSC at Sussex. It follows a major workshop at HKUST, sponsored by the Croucher Foundation, which highlighted overlap in approaches used by scientists at both institutions and generated new research questions.

Students on the new programme will work on international research projects developed by collaborating laboratories under the guidance of specialist doctoral supervisors from both universities, spending approximately equal amounts of time at each campus. Students are expected to meet all the requirements at both institutions, but prepare one doctoral thesis. Upon successful completion, students will be awarded two degrees, from each institution.

Sussex and HKUSTProfessor Michael Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sussex, signed the agreement in Hong Kong. ‘This is an outstanding opportunity for talented pre-doctoral researchers to work alongside world-leading scientists in Hong Kong and the UK, adapting to international laboratories and building networks for their future,’ he said.

Professor Nancy Ip, Vice-President for Research and Graduates Studies at HKUST said, “We are delighted to build upon our existing strategic relationship with GDSC. This significant initiative offers students exceptional academic training in cancer research, while providing invaluable opportunities to work with leading experts at both institutions, which will boost research collaborations, foster creativity, and fuel innovation.”

The sharing of scientific techniques and facilities will provide a platform for collaborations between laboratories, facilitating research outputs of international excellence. Up to 40 scientists from both institutions will meet at Sussex next year to discuss problems of common interest in genome damage and stability and neurobiology.

Researchers at Sussex and HKUST are also cooperating on undergraduate research training and have worked together to promote gender equality in the Life Sciences, leading on a forum on Women in Science in partnership with the British Council in Hong Kong.


2 December 2016

Sussex launches Global Excellence Summer Programme for 2017

University teams up with world-leading institutional partners to provide summer study opportunities.

Tomsk State University, Western SiberiaSussex students can apply for summer schools at some of the world’s most highly regarded universities under the 2017 Global Excellence Summer Programme, which opened for applications this week.

In 2016, over 100 students spent between two weeks and two months at partner universities, including Humboldt University, Renmin University of China, Utrecht University, Tomsk State University in Russia and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

New opportunities for 2017 include an IT summer school at Tomsk State University in Russia, multidisciplinary courses at the University of Helsinki and an innovation and entrepreneurship training camp at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Alongside a wide choice of taught courses, many programmes offer cultural and social activities, and the opportunity to learn the language of the host country. Students can apply for supervised research placements at a small number of partners.

The programme is supported by the University’s International Partnership Development Fund, with successful applicants awarded a bursary. Tuition fee discounts or waivers have also been agreed with some partners. Full scholarships are available for First Generation Scholars for selected summer schools in Asia.

‘Now in its fifth year, the Global Excellence Summer Programme builds on our partnership network to provide opportunities for undergraduates,’ said Marcus Williams, Director of Student Recruitment, Marketing and International Affairs. ‘Students can develop an international perspective and skills that give them the edge in a global employment marketplace.’

Enquiries for 2017 should be directed to Lucy Cahalin, Executive Officer (, with detailed information for students on the Sussex Abroad web pages.


2 November 2016

Global Studies strengthens links with Cornell University

Four members of Global Studies faculty and a group of doctoral students visited Cornell last month to advance the Sussex-Cornell Partnership. The partnership, which was established in 2015, formally links the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell with the School of Global Studies and the Institute for Development Studies to further collaborative research and teaching in the field of Global Development.

Dr Rebecca Prentice, Dr Peter Luetchford, Prof Geert De Neve and Dr Ben Selwyn led panels on ‘The Politics of Precariousness and the Production of Vulnerability’ and ‘Class Dynamics of Development’ at the ‘Development in Question’ international conference, with Dr Selwyn also holding a highly praised keynote talk.

The conference was accompanied by a special doctoral symposium, involving students and faculty from Sussex and Cornell. ‘Students from both sides were very excited about the opportunity to exchange research findings and receive feedback from experts in their field,’ said Prof De Neve. ‘We are keen to develop this type of exchange further in the future.’

Prof De Neve and Cornell colleagues also met with more than ten other partners to discuss the next steps for an international consortium in development studies. The network will bring together scholars from the global north and global south, with plans to establish a joint web presence, student exchange, the development of joint research projects and collaborative teaching.

Sussex and Cornell have agreed to expand the existing Visiting Faculty Scheme in the new year, with Dr Nigel Eltringham and Prof James Fairhead visiting Ithaca in the spring to teach six-week modules.

‘It was clear that Sussex is very much on the map of our colleagues at Cornell as an institution where leading research is conducted on a range of development issues,’ commented Prof De Neve. ‘As our partnership goes from strength to strength, we are seen as a key collaborator in the development of the consortium too’.

The Sussex-Cornell Partnership is a strategic research partnership supported by the International Research Partnerships and Networks Fund. Cornell is also an eligible institution for the new Harry Kroto Fellowships, which aim to consolidate sustainable collaborative research with specific partner institutions.


4 October 2016

Towards a vision of education for sustainable development in Africa

The second International Conference on Education Research for Development in Africa (ICERDA) is being held in Accra from 3-5 October 2016.