Kent first with PhD exchange agreement with the University of Melbourne

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The University of Kent has established an exciting new doctoral student exchange agreement with the Law School at the University of Melbourne (MLS), which will enable research students at Kent Law School to spend a period of their research studies at MLS, and vice-versa.

The agreement is the first of its kind for the University of Kent. It is designed to provide the opportunity for doctoral research students to engage in and experience the academic culture at another leading law school, to promote cultural exchange, and to facilitate the growth of professional and research links between the institutions.

Melbourne Law School is known for its vibrant student community, strong global outlook, excellent academic reputation, and world-ranking research impact. In complement, Kent Law School is widely regarded as a centre of excellence in legal research and teaching, as evidenced by its rating as the 8th best Law School in the UK for Research Intensity in the Research Excellence Framework (2014), and its inclusion as one of the top 100 law schools in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

The exchange programme was set up by Kent Law School’s Rose Parfitt, who is currently based at Melbourne Law School, where she is undertaking an Australian Research Council (ARC)-funded research project. Dr Parfitt said: ‘I’m so happy that the arrangements for this exchange programme have now been finalised, and that both institutions have supported the idea so warmly. It’s a fantastic opportunity for doctoral students at both law schools to build new relationships with peers, mentors and research centres, and to become part of new collaborative projects that might well alter the course of their careers forever’.

The University of Kent is committed to driving forward the development of a range of global partnership activity. We are proud of our excellent international reputation and of our interaction with partners overseas. Kent currently has over 388 links with institutions around the world. For further information about Kent’s international links, please visit our International Partnerships webpage.

This is an edited version of the news item which was originally published on the University of Kent International Partnerships website.

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