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Partner Profile: University of Surrey

The University of Surrey, established by Royal Charter in 1966, is a public research university located in Guildford, Surrey County, which is about 30 miles southwest of London. Battersea Polytechnic Institute, the forerunner of the University of Surrey, was founded in 1891 with a focus on science and technology and from around 1920, educating students towards degrees from the University of London. Subsequently, over the past half-century, the University of Surrey has expanded its educational and research mission to become a leading center for innovation, entrepreneurship and engagement with industry as well as universities in Europe and across the globe.

Similar to NC State’s Centennial Campus, the Surrey Research Park provides an ecosystem for collaboration, innovation and incubation with businesses and research enterprises in various fields that include technology, science, health and engineering. With over 17,000 students, the University of Surrey consists of three Faculties: Arts and Social Sciences, Engineering and Physical Sciences, and Health and Medical Sciences. Some of the university’s top ranked academic programs include: food science, hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism, materials technology, and nursing.

As a strategic partner for NC State, the University of Surrey is one of the top universities in the United Kingdom. The University of Surrey is also a member of the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN), which sets out to create a foundation for international collaboration enabling academics and students from some of the world’s top universities to work together on issues of global importance. Faculty and staff from NC State and our UGPN partners are making preparations and planning to participate in the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) conference March 22-25, 2021 as the event will be held virtually this year.

The major theme for the annual conference is Resilient Universities that will include a focus on three important sub-themes: Industries for the Future, Health and Wellbeing and Sustainable Planet. It will consist of plenary sessions, concurrent theme-based United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) workshops as well as resiliency sessions that address topics such as Innovations in Remote Learning and Hybrid Education, Student Mobility and Mission Continuity. To further promote multilateral collaborative research, we anticipate an announcement at the conclusion of the conference concerning the next round of the Research Collaboration Fund.

Learn more about the University of Surrey, the upcoming UPGN Conference and the experience of NC State students who have studied abroad at the University of Surrey.