Cranfield University has signed an agreement to develop research and education collaboration with Northeastern University and their George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security

The MOU focuses on research, teaching and learning that advances security, intelligence and resilience in the face of 21st century risks.

Dr Simon Harwood, Director of Cranfield Defence and Security said: “The challenges facing governments, security services and armed forces in their efforts to protect citizens, businesses, infrastructure and public services have never been so complex or immediate. The resilience of individuals, communities and nations is being tested as never before. 

“This agreement draws on the specialist skills at Cranfield and Northeastern that now form an essential component of our security against the many current and future threats we face.”

Dr Craig Gruber, Director of Intelligence and Security Programs, Northeastern, said: “The need for an integrated approach to Security, Intelligence and Resilience (SIR) education and research has never been greater. The partnership with one of the UK’s leading institutions in this domain places both institutions as a global locus for excellence in SIR education and research which will be a force multiplier as we face the threats of the future.”

Joint research activities planned under the agreement include the exchange of academic and research staff, the preparation of joint research submissions, the assembling of collaborative research teams, and the collection and sharing of research data.

Opportunities for postgraduate and postdoctoral positions specifically to facilitate research across the two universities will also be explored, and there are plans to organise joint seminars, conferences and academic meetings, along with student exchanges.

The agreement also envisages enterprise level engagement between Cranfield, Northeastern and industry partners for the establishment and delivery of graduate degree programmes focusing on security and resilience.

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About Cranfield Defence and Security

Cranfield University is one of the world's leading universities for defence and security education, research and consultancy.

Our staff and facilities are at the forefront of their fields, offering a diverse range of capabilities from energetics and forensic sciences to international stabilisation and cyber security.

Cranfield provides specialist knowledge to industry, security and emergency services, military, governments and NGOs, underpinning defence and security sector reform around the world. As the postgraduate academic provider to the UK’s Ministry of Defence, we offer a unique gateway to delivering practical education and solutions that make a real difference to the lives of military, security and civilian personnel.

About Northeastern

Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a global research university that pushes learning and discovery far beyond the boundaries of classroom and campus. This distinctive approach is built on a tradition of actively engaging our university community with industry and nonprofit partners around the world. Northeastern is the recognized leader in experiential learning, powered by the world’s most far-reaching and innovative cooperative education program. We offer students opportunities for professional work, research, service, and global learning with more than 3,000 employers in 136 countries and on all continents, including Antarctica. The same spirit of engagement guides a use-inspired research enterprise that integrates faculty across disciplines to solve global challenges. Our regional campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina; Seattle; Silicon Valley; and Toronto are platforms for flexible professional learning programs, undergraduate and graduate experiential opportunities, and industry research partnerships.

About the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security

The mission of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security is to advance resilience in the face of 21st century risks. The institute will foster collaborative, use-inspired research aimed at expanding the capacity of communities, critical systems, and infrastructure to withstand, respond to, and recover from manmade and natural catastrophes.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.