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Imperial College London and University of Kent join forces to boost education

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For Immediate Release
Tuesday 13 December 2005

Imperial College London and the University of Kent have today announced a new agreement to boost higher education in Kent.

The two universities will join forces to deliver the popular Applied Business Management (ABM) courses at Imperial College Londons Wye campus.

The degree courses which this year attracted more than 1,000 applicants from across the world are currently offered by Imperial College. From the 2007 student intake, the courses will become University of Kent degrees taught jointly by Kent and Imperial staff. They will remain taught at the Wye campus.

New students enrolling from 2007 will receive a University of Kent degree and, in recognition of Imperial's ongoing involvement, Associateship of Wye College. The Associateship recognises the site from which the course is offered, a location for education since 1447.

ABM degree programmes will continue to be delivered at Imperial's Wye campus

Existing ABM students and those accepted for a place in 2006 will continue to receive a University of London degree and Associateship of the Royal College of Science from Imperial. ABM academic staff based at Wye will transfer to University of Kent, but retain honorary appointments with Imperial.

The new agreement the first time Imperial and Kent have worked together formally - was approved in November at a meeting of Senate, Imperial's academic board, and ratified this month by the College's Council. The agreement has also been endorsed by Senate and Council at the University of Kent.

Commenting on the plans to work together, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Deputy Rector of Imperial College London, said: "We are all very excited by this agreement. We believe that Imperial and Kent are a good fit and throughout our negotiations this summer, both universities have shown a clear understanding of each other's strengths. Together, we have firm intentions to deliver real long-term academic opportunities in Kent that would not be possible on our own."

Keith Mander, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Kent said: "The University of Kent is committed to providing high quality education in Kent in partnership with other institutions. We hope that this agreement will be the first step of an enduring partnership with Imperial. The two universities have worked closely together and we are delighted with the agreement which we feel is of great benefit to us both."

The agreement has evolved as part of Imperial College's restructuring of its Faculty of Life Sciences, announced in August 2004. A full review of the new academic arrangements for the ABM course will take place in 2011 following the first two years of Kent graduates.

This agreement covers only the ABM degree and does not alter Imperial's continued commitment to the Wye campus.


Media Contact:

For Imperial College London

Wendy Raeside (Wye) / Abigail Smith (South Kensington)
Communications Division
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 2624 / +44 (0)20 7594 6701
Mobile: +44 (0)7739 591 462 / +44 (0)7803 886 248
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For University of Kent

Posie Bogan, Media Office,
Tel: 01227 823581/823100

Notes to Editors

About the Applied Business Management degree

The Applied Business Management degrees are aimed at those students who wish to study for a business degree, but who recognise the importance of the wider environment within which modern businesses must operate. They combine the disciplines of business management with applied natural sciences. The degrees include accounting, financial planning, marketing, corporate strategy, organisational behaviour, law and economics together with aspects of the natural sciences relating to human interaction with the environment and the food supply chain.

ABM degree programmes include two BSc degrees: a three year degree and a four year degree with a year on a work placement in industry. Two MSci programmes are also offered: a four year course or a five year course with a year in industry.

In 2005/6, there were more than 1,000 applications for places on Wyes ABM degree programmes and 162 places were offered one third of them to students outside the European Union. Potential students must have three A level passes (or two A levels plus two AS levels); for BSc degrees, they will be expected to achieve 300 points (BBB); for MSci courses 320 points (ABB).

About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is consistently rated in the top three UK university institutions, Imperial College London is a world leading science-based university whose reputation for excellence in teaching and research attracts students (11,000) and staff (6,000) of the highest international quality.

Innovative research at the College explores the interface between science, medicine, engineering and management and delivers practical solutions that enhance the quality of life and the environment underpinned by a dynamic enterprise culture.

About University of Kent

The University of Kent makes a key contribution at a regional, national and international level. With over 14,000 students it is a thriving organisation, with a mission is to develop and maintain its reputation for teaching and research quality. 17 out of 23 departments at Kent have achieved research grade 4 or above with Social Policy and Statistics and Operational Research awarded 5*. The University of the Transmanche, an innovative partnership project developed by Kent together with the three Lille Universities and the University of the Littoral, is developing fast and student numbers at the new Pharmacy School are expected to rise to over 430 by 2010. This autumn saw the opening of £50m Universities at Medway campus, a joint initiative led by Kent and the University of Greenwich, and work is currently underway to develop a new business and innovation centre on the Canterbury campus.