Sussex and Cornell work together on research training and development

Professor Stephen Shute with Professor Laura Spitz, Vice Provost for International Affairs at Cornell

Sussex delegation with Professor Max Pfeffer, Executive Dean, Professor Beth Ahner, Senior Associate Dean, and Professor Fouad Makki, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

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

Under 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 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.

The 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 2015, 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

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By: Victoria Shaw
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Last updated: Friday, 5 May 2017


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