Partnership with Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy

09 August 2013

Aberystwyth University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy as a means of promoting academic collaboration and cultural co-operation between the two institutions.

The Memorandum was signed by Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Grattan, during a recent visit to the Azerbaijani capital Baku, where the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy is based.

The purpose of the Memorandum is to facilitate continued dialogue between the two institutions to identify potential areas of mutual academic interest, potential research opportunities and initiatives and the dissemination and sharing of experiences among students and staff.

The two institutions have also signed a formal Exchange Agreement which means that students from both institutions will be able to study at the partner institution for either one semester or one academic year. Under the agreement, Aberystwyth will receive two students from the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy every year.

Speaking after the agreement was signed, Professor John Grattan said: “We are delighted to have signed an agreement with such an outstanding and high quality partner. This agreement will create wonderful opportunities for our students to study abroad and experience another vibrant and dynamic culture, whilst also opening the door for students from Azerbaijan to study here in Wales.”

“International University Partnerships form a fundamental element of the University’s International Strategy which aims to significantly increase international recruitment and collaboration. Such international activity brings substantial benefits to the University, enabling the internationalisation of students and staff, whilst also contributing to the culture of the local community, and the economy”, added Professor Grattan.

Aberystwyth University has established a number of global partnerships during the past academic year with universities in Canada, Bologna, China, Hong Kong, Dubai and Columbia.

The Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy has quickly risen to become a prominent Higher Education Institution in the Republic of Azerbaijan and enjoys significant governmental support. It is currently a public policy institute that educates students seeking diplomatic careers, but it seeks to develop into governance with faculties of law and management as well as public affairs and policy.

Plans are already being drawn up for students from the University’s Departments of International Politics and Law and Criminology, and the School of Management and Business to visit Azerbaijan later this year.


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Arthur Dafis, Communications and Public Affairs, Aberystwyth University, 01970 621763 / 07841 979 452 /