University College London is exploring a partnership with universities and research institutions across Berlin, as part of a strategy to target collaborations with European institutions to mitigate the impact of Brexit.
UCL already has a partnership arrangement with institutions in Rome, and plans are in place for a similar arrangement in Paris, both under a Cities Partnerships Programme launched in 2018. Locations are selected after consultation with UCL academics. The programme includes seed funding for research and teaching collaborations with institutions across a city.
With the future of the UK’s research collaborations with the European Union still uncertain, UCL president and provost Michael Arthur told Research Fortnight that the university would open a call to its academics in the first half of this year to inform selection of a third city partnership. “I would be surprised if we did not see a compelling application for a cycle of the programme in Berlin,” he said.