University strengthens links with North American University

The University of Derby welcomed a high level delegation from a prominent North American University on 28 October 2015.

Colorado State University (CSU) is a leading research University, with world-class research in infectious disease, atmospheric science and clean energy technologies to name a few. Some of its professional programmes such as veterinary medicine, occupational therapy and journalism are ranked amongst North American's best.

Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA, the university is situated on nearly 5,000 acres of land, including the main campus, a foothills campus, an agricultural campus, and a mountain campus (Pingree Park). Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports is a great advantage to CSU students, faculty and staff. It is "the university of choice" for Colorado residents, with 30% of all of Colorado's science, math, engineering and technology majors pursuing degrees at CSU.

The visit to the University of Derby’s Kedleston Road and Buxton Campuses came on the back of an initial trip to CSU by a University of Derby (UoD) delegation in June 2015, which was facilitated by Grand Heritage Hotel Group's VP, Reed Rowley. The purpose of the visit was to establish common ground around curriculum areas and applied vocational learning where Peak Resort would play host to students of both of universities for this learning. During that visit, discussions with CSU centred on the potential for student and staff exchanges between UoD and CSU. 

The October visit allowed Derby to showcase its product offer and provided a forum for senior academics from both sides to engage in discussions regarding immediate and longer term collaborations with UoD’s College of Business (CoB) and College of Life & Natural Sciences (CLANS). It also highlighted opportunities for the development of dual degrees. 

Professor Aradhana Mehra, from CLANS said: ‘It was a very successful morning with CSU. We discussed a model of student exchanges through a dual MSc with split semesters. CSU seemed keen on both conservation and water aspects of our programmes.’

UoD and CSU are now entering a number of on-going discussions to take the relationship to its next level. Academics from CLANS will explore the option of joint field courses as a first option to working together - with CSU students having the opportunity to see small scale EU type of micro managed conservation and Derby students will be able to explore the 'large scale wilderness' approach use in the United States.

Academics from UoD’s Hotel, Resort & Spa Management (HRSM) department are working with Reed Rowley to finalise details of a culinary competition, which it is hoped may include British Airways sponsorship for flights to the US.  This competition would form part of the HRSM’s Hospitality and Culinary Arts degrees delivered at the Buxton Campus.  

Mike Manfredo, from CSU’s Department Head, Forestry, Range, and Watershed Stewardship is also interested in taking part in the Welcome Trust bid that UoD academic, Dr Andrew Ramsey, is coordinating together with colleagues from the University of Manchester and the University of Cumbria. 

Chad Hoseth, CSU’s Director of International Activities and Peter Dewhurst, Director of Derby’s Partnerships Unit are now planning to draft a Memorandum of Understanding to capture what they wish to see delivered over the next 12 months, to formalise what promises to be a strong and successful partnership.