Swansea University’s School of Engineering has signed an agreement with Texas A&M University to promote student exchange programmes and joint research in the area of nanomedicine.
The Collaborative Academic Programme Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was proposed by James Abbey, director of the Texas/UK Collaborative at Swansea University.
The MOU will allow selected students on Swansea University’s undergraduate medical engineering degree and students from Texas A&M University’s Biomedical and Chemical Engineering Schools to exchange for a fully accredited semester that will count towards their home institution’s degree.
It will also facilitate a scheme of study between Swansea University’s new MSc NanoMedicine course, run by the School of Engineering in collaboration with the School of Medicine, and Texas A&M University’s MSc Advanced Therapeutics.
The signing of the MOU follows the announcement this month that Swansea’s schools of medicine and engineering have received a joint research grant of £1.4m with Texas A&M University’s School of Bioengineering.
James Abbey said: ‘The MOU will create a flow of knowledge between Swansea University’s schools of engineering and medicine and Texas A&M University, and will enhance and strengthen Swansea University’s knowledge and teaching base, providing a strong channel for developing further programmes with partners in the Texas UK Collaborative.’Javier Bonet, head of Swansea’s School of Engineering, said: ‘The MOU will significantly enhance the student experience for those studying Medical Engineering degrees by giving them the opportunity to study abroad for part of their programme at one of the world’s great institutions.’