PLuS Alliance celebrates renewed global partnership

23 Nov 2022
PLuS Alliance celebrates renewed global partnership

Arizona State University, King’s College London, and UNSW Sydney have renewed their global PLuS Alliance relationship with the signing of a further three-year Collaboration Agreement. 

This new agreement builds on an existing partnership established in 2016 to help solve ‘global grand challenges’ in the modern world and foster global connections between the institutions. 

“Global alliances between universities are notoriously difficult to implement, so it is a significant milestone that the members of the PLuS Alliance have signed a fresh collaboration agreement to drive the Alliance forward for a further three years,” said Sir Malcolm Grant, Chair PLuS Alliance.

“It will be a period not just of consolidation of what has already been achieved, but also of new initiatives and ambition. The vision remains that of securing unique public benefit by combining the outstanding resources of three universities to do things that no single University could ever do on its own.” 

Since launching six years ago, the PLuS Alliance has delivered a range of initiatives including setting up The Engineering & Design Institute London (TEDI-London), joint research in smart cities, water, and global biosecurity, as well as programs allowing students from the across the three universities to study together through summer schools, field trips and online course exchanges.

The new collaboration agreement signed by all three university Presidents during a recent visit to Arizona State University, renews their commitment to collaborating on complex problems in research and education, with a greater immediate focus on security, defence, and planetary health. Rooted in three shared values of collaboration, innovation and inclusion, the universities will continue to use their combined strengths to deliver work that is of significant impact to their communities, and society more generally. 

“I’m very pleased to reaffirm UNSW Sydney’s commitment to the PLuS Alliance, with our partners King’s College London and Arizona State University, for another three years. We are proud to continue our partnership with these world-class institutions that share our vision for positive impact,” said Professor Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor and President, UNSW Sydney.

For more information on UNSW’s Alliances work click here.  

Image description from left to right: Professor Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor and President, UNSW Sydney, Professor Michael M Crow, President Arizona State University and Professor Shitij Kapur, President and Principal Kings College London.