Cranfield University has signed an International Memorandum of Understanding (IMOU) with Colorado State University (CSU) to develop collaboration in both education and research activities.
The agreement will initially focus on collaboration in the defence and security sector after CSU’s Office of Defense Engagement (ODE) and Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) began informal coordination in August last year.
Dr Simon Harwood, Director of Cranfield Defence and Security said: “This MOU represents the start of an exciting new partnership between Cranfield and CSU.
“Along with our shared interests in defence and security, there is potential for wider collaboration across the universities in energy and power, the environment, agriculture, and water resources to enhance research and provide opportunities for our staff and students to work together and share their knowledge and expertise.”
Hank Gardner, CSU associate vice president and director of the Office of Defense Engagement said: “We are very enthusiastic about entering this partnership with Cranfield University, which is among the academic and research university leaders in the UK.
“I am grateful to Simon and colleagues who have worked closely with our Office of Defense Engagement and our Office of International Programs to initiate this exciting collaboration.”
Cranfield and CSU will work together to develop a relationship around applied global stability for US Special Operations and Civil Affairs units as well as the US Department of Defense, USAID, Peace Corps and other professionals working to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Major areas of collaboration between the universities include the development of research proposals for future studies offering potential for the two universities to co-apply for research grants and work together to produce scientific publications.
The IMOU allows for the exchange of researchers for short-term visits to work on research proposal development and share the results of scientific studies, and the exchange of academic staff to serve as guest instructors and to participate in workshops, conferences, and colloquium.
There may also be blended learning opportunities for students to take partner institution courses and resident/non-resident opportunities for students to take a mix of both CSU and Cranfield courses.
Both Cranfield and CSU offer academic and research programmes exploring the general themes of resilient societies, socio-economic development, governance, and environmental politics. Additional areas of collaboration anticipated therefore include environmental and radiological health, human performance in relation to vehicle/system design, and defence/security-related canine medicine, rehabilitation and training.
Notes for editors
About Colorado State University
Colorado State University, one of the top-performing public research institutions in the United States, was established in 1870 and remains inspired by its land-grant heritage and world-class faculty, staff and students. With annual research expenditures of more than $300 million, with more than 33,000 students built on multiple, consecutive years of record enrolment, and with outreach and engagement programs in every county in Colorado, CSU serves the state, nation and world as it seeks to make a global difference.
About Cranfield University
Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.