Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2016

Joint PhDs in pipeline as Paris –Sorbonne University visits Swansea University

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Monday, Mar 7th, 2016

A representative from Paris-Sorbonne University has visited Swansea University to explore new joint PhD programmes within the College of Arts and Humanities. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Mr Igor Bratusek visited the University on 24 February on a visit organised by the new Academic Partnership Directorate at Swansea University. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Huw Morris, Director of Academic Partnerships at Swansea University who has been responsible for promoting European collaboration in the UK for the last 10 years, said: “The last few years has seen Swansea University implementing a number of joint PhDs with leading universities in Europe, including Grenoble, Angers, Avignon and Padova. Paris-Sorbonne is an internationally-renowned university and one with which we are keen to establish strong links”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Mr Bratusek works in the central administration of Paris-Sorbonne University and is responsible for negotiating joint PhD arrangements. He was instrumental in securing approval of the current joint PhD programme in Egyptology between Swansea University and Paris-Sorbonne. Following the success of this programme, and the relationship formed with Swansea University in the process, Mr Bratusek expressed keen interest in developing further joint PhD arrangements with other disciplines in Arts & Humanities. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

During the visit (24-26 February), Mr Bratusek met with Mr Raymond Ciborowski, Swansea University Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, and staff from the College of Arts and Humanities, and also the Department of Geography. Mr Bratusek was also given a tour of the new Bay Campus. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Mr Morris said: “The development of doctoral degrees, offered jointly between Swansea and world-leading universities, is central to the University’s internationalisation strategy. It demonstrates how highly the university is now regarded on the international stage. The students’ employability prospects are also naturally enhanced, making the successful students far more attractive to global companies”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Pictured from left: Mrs Andrea Buck, Strategic Projects Manager; Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus from the College of Arts and Humanities; Mr Raymond Ciborowski; Mr Igor Bratusek and Mr Huw Morris. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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