UNC's new Chancellor extends partnership with King's

UNC Chancellor Dr Carol L Folt and Principal Professor Sir Rick Trainor

UNC Chancellor Dr Carol L Folt and Principal Professor Sir Rick Trainor

University of North Carolina’s new Chancellor extends partnership with King’s 

A delegation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), led by UNC’s new Chancellor, Dr Carol L Folt, visited King’s yesterday to extend the alliance between the two universities, first initiated in 2005, one of the most ambitious between a US and a UK university, covering a diverse range of academic fields. 

Dr Folt is UNC’s 11th chancellor and the first woman to take the role. An internationally recognized environmental scientist and award-winning teacher, Folt served as interim President of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire during 2012-13. She was also Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences at the prestigious Ivy League institution.

Joining the delegation from UNC were David Routh, Vice-Chancellor for University Development; Dr Robert Miles, Associate Dean for Study Abroad and International Exchanges in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences; and Daniel Lebold, Director of Development for UNC Global. 

The UNC delegation was welcomed to King’s by Professor Sir Rick Trainor, Principal & President, King’s College London and Dr Joanna Newman, Vice-Principal (International). 


(David Routh, Dr Carol L Volt, Sir Rick Trainor, Dr Joanna Newman)

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two universities was renewed on 12 March. Present were King’s representatives from across the Health Schools and Arts & Sciences, including Professor Helen McCutcheon, Head of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery; Professor Dianne Rekow, Dean of the Dental Institute; Professor Nikolas Rose, Head of the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, School of Social Science & Public Policy and Dr Adam Sutcliffe, Head of the Department of History, School of Arts & Humanities. 

The partnership between King’s and UNC originated in 2005 between UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences and King’s School of Arts &  Humanities and Social Science & Public Policy, championed by UNC’s Dr Bob Miles and King’s Professor David Ricks, Hellenic Studies, School of Arts & Humanities. 

The UNC-King’s alliance is the most active of King’s seven strategic partnerships, with long standing and emerging collaborations across the college. 

One particularly successful area of activity has been the organisation of joint workshops and conferences by graduate students, helping to cement the relationship between individual departments and providing research students with valuable international exposure.

The partnership is overseen by Dr Bob Miles and the UNC Global team at UNC, and by the Global Engagement Office, King’s Worldwide, at King’s. There is regular communication between the two sides to extend the partnership and facilitate and track collaboration. Their cooperation has furthered partnership development, joint communications and staff development exchange opportunities. 

Dr Carol L Folt, Chancellor of UNC said: ‘I’m delighted to come to King’s for the first time and receive such a generous welcome. The alliance between our institutions is of deep value to Carolina faculty and students, and it’s been a pleasure to learn more about the important collaborative work underway and to identify new and exciting potential research collaborations across the arts and sciences.’

Sir Rick Trainor, Principal & President, King’s College London, said: ‘We warmly welcome the Chancellor of UNC to King’s on her first international visit since taking up her post, and are pleased to have the chance to discuss ways of deepening and extending what has already been an extremely successful partnership.’ 

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About UNC 

Established in 1793 as the first chartered state university in the nation, UNC is one of the leading research universities in the world, providing top-tier programs across the entire academic spectrum.  

UNC is at the heart of Chapel Hill, a sophisticated, friendly community that is widely regarded as the perfect college town. Rolling Stone magazine named Chapel Hill one of the nation's top 10 "campus scenes that rock", and its stunning 729-acre central campus is considered one of the most beautiful in the USA. The university offers 78 bachelor’s, 112 master’s, 68 doctorate and 7 professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences.  

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