Exeter and USF sign up for deeper collaboration

Exeter welcomes the University of South Florida

President Judy Genshaft from the University of South Florida (USF) led a senior delegation to the University of Exeter this week to extend collaboration between the two institutions.

Exeter and USF have six faculty-led projects underway covering areas as diverse as Archaeology, Education, Engineering, Ethno-politics, Geography and Sports Science. 

A student exchange agreement also exists in Business.

President Genshaft and Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter, formalised these links by signing a Memorandum of Understanding and a institution-wide student exchange agreement. 

During their meeting it was announced that both universities are to fund the Exeter-USF Studentship in Post-Disaster Recovery.  Two studentships will be made available, one funded by Exeter and one by USF. The students will be co-supervised by Exeter and USF faculty, under separate awards. Each of the studentships will be for three years, and will cover fees, stipend and a travel grant. The expected start date for the first students is September 2013.

The University of Exeter also announced that it would provide 12 fee scholarships for USF students to attend Exeter's 2013 International Summer School.

USF and Exeter are investigating ways to extend collaboration, and as part of the visit three Dean of Colleges from USF joined the delegation. Professor John Wiencek (Engineering); Professor Jacqueline Dixon (Marine Science); Professor Moez Limayam (Business) spent two days at Exeter's Colleges to foster new collaborative opportunities. Professor Ralph Wilcox, USF Provost and alumnus of the University of Exeter, was also in attendance.

In May 2012, Sir Steve was awarded USF's highest honour - the President's Global Leadership Award - at a graduation ceremony in Tampa.

Date: 23 November 2012