Many of the world’s greatest cities, including London and Paris, face significant challenges around the sustainability of their public health and security systems, and changes to their populations subsequent to political, societal and economic developments. King’s College London and the Université de Paris have signed a Letter of Intent to combine the strengths of both universities and work together in addressing these global issues through establishing joint academic appointments, facilitating staff and student exchange opportunities, and building upon joint academic research projects across health, law, social sciences and the humanities, and which contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The President and Principal of King’s, Professor Ed Byrne, the Head of the Université de Paris project, Christine Clerici, and a delegation of academics and policy-makers from both institutions, met in Paris this week to sign the Letter of Intent, with the support of Matthew Lodge, the Minister at the British Embassy in Paris and Ambassador of Britain at UNESCO.

Professor Ed Byrne spoke at the signing event on Tuesday (23 October), commenting: “International outreach is incredibly important to us as we aim to address issues of global significance through these strong relationships.

Leading research universities can make an enormous difference to society and the economy, and with our joint research, we hope to produce paradigm-shifting ideas and innovative technologies that empower people with the knowledge and ability to make the world a better place.”

In March 2019, the Université de Paris is launching as a new institution following a merger of Paris Diderot, Paris Descartes and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, all of which have long-standing relationships with King’s through Erasmus agreements, joint degree programmes and co-authored research publications.

This Letter of Intent adds to King’s growing portfolio of deep and meaningful partnerships with European institutions, contributing to serving society and making positive change in Europe, and across the world.

Christine Clerici, President of Paris Diderot university and Head of the Université de Paris project, said: “A new international partnership is always an exciting adventure. Building on many similarities between our institutions, this partnership looks firmly toward the future. In our time of changes, it is particularly important to reassert the need for international cooperation based on mutual trust and common scientific interest.

With this partnership, we hope to be able to strengthen the numerous ties already existing between Paris and London, in ways that are mutually beneficial for our students, our researchers, our faculty members and our staff.

About Université de Paris : 

The University of Paris, resulting from the merger of Paris Descartes and Paris Diderot universities and the integration of the Paris Institute of Earth Physics, will be created in March 2019. The health and earth sciences are the first fields in which the University of Paris will be internationally recognized from its inception. In addition, the University of Paris will benefit from a very wide range of disciplines, from science to the humanities, supported by a very high level of research. The ambition of the University of Paris is to lead and develop an exceptional potential to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s society and promote French excellence in Europe and the world.

To know more about the University of Paris project: universiteparis2019.fr

About King’s College London :

King’s College London King’s College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and is among the oldest universities in England. King’s has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research.

Since our foundation, King’s students and staff have dedicated themselves in the service of society. King’s will continue to focus on world-leading education, research and service, and will have an increasingly proactive role to play in a more interconnected, complex world. World-changing ideas. Life-changing impact: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/news/headlines.aspx