The PLuS Alliance will help find research-led solutions to global challenges and expand access to world-class learning.
Combining the cutting-edge research capabilities and innovative education approach of Arizona State University, King’s College London and UNSW Sydney, the PLuS Alliance will undertake cross-border research collaborations to address significant issues related to health, social justice, sustainability and innovation. Research will be supported with a suite of related learning programs to be delivered online.
"Our combined scale, international reach and expertise will enable us to deliver innovative solutions to grand challenges, which are beyond the scope of our individual organisations," said UNSW Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Jacobs.
“This partnership represents both a significant commitment and unique opportunity to create impactful solutions for a sustainable future. The PLuS Alliance will bring together some of the best minds on the planet and tackle many of the big questions facing our societies today, which would simply not be possible for one institution working alone,” said Professor Edward Byrne, President and Principal of King’s College London.
Launched on 9 February 2016 in London, the PLuS Alliance will feature more than 60 inaugural PLuS Alliance Fellows from across the three universities with plans to have 100 Fellows in total by the end of 2016.
"Key to solving the challenges facing humankind will be greater access to education so that talented men and women around the world can acquire the training and knowledge needed to join a workforce that operates across cultures and borders," said Dr Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University. “The PLuS Alliance will deliver an exceptional international learning experience that builds on our established record of innovative online course delivery.”
The international partnership will collaborate on projects to make world class education and research accessible locally, helping communities around the world to make a direct and positive impact.
“The PLuS Alliance brings together three world-leading universities that share an ambition to improve lives by working together on ambitious educational and research initiatives. Our combined scale, international reach and expertise will enable us to deliver innovative solutions to grand challenges, which are beyond the scope of our individual organisations," said Professor Ian Jacobs, UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor.
PLuS Alliance programs
More than 20 programs will be available from September 2016. Degrees to be offered through PLuS Alliance universities will initially include:
BA/BS in: Sustainability, Global health, Community Health, Whole Person Care, Business & Global Logistics Management
Masters in: Science of Healthcare Delivery, Infectious Diseases Intelligence & Sustainability Leadership