University College London (UCL) has announced that it will be the first UK university to open a campus in Australia, following the signing of an agreement with the government of South Australia.
The agreement will establish the UCL School of Energy and Resources in Adelaide and under the terms, signed by the South Australian Premier Mike Rann and UCL’s president and provost Professor Malcolm Grant, the school will become fully operational in 2010.
The government of South Australia and UCL have worked together to agree a facility to shape how the critical issues of energy, resources, development and utilisation are tackled globally. The school will take up to 60 students on its two-year Energy and Resources Masters programme and will also offer a portfolio of executive education programmes.
The school will occupy the Torrens Building in central Adelaide and will be an integral part of UCL, including all its quality assurance, academic and monitoring. A new director will be appointed as well as other core academic staff.
The SA government is investing £2m towards the refurbishment of the Torrens Building and will support its set up and operations over the first seven years. Once this term is complete, UCL will continue its activities in Adelaide, which are expected to be self-financing by that stage.
Academics from London will teach in Adelaide and joint London-Adelaide research programmes will be developed. UCL will also ensure that the MSc’s curriculum reflects the concerns of industry and will work with employers to ensure that professional training is flexible and relevant to employers’ needs.
UCL Engineering Sciences Sub-Dean Marco Federighi said: ‘Australia plays a key role in the supply of resources to developed and developing societies alike, and is close to key energy and resources markets such as China, India and Japan.’
He added: ‘The school will enable UCL to play its part in addressing this complex worldwide challenge. It is a hugely significant step for our university.’