University strikes partnership deal with IBM

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DURHAM University is to deepen its relationship with IBM to further their shared research, teaching and recruitment aims

Leaders will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the multinational corporation tomorrow.

It is one of only 14 strategic partnerships between IBM and UK universities.

The MoU will enable ongoing, broad engagement between the university and IBM, characterised by links at different levels across both organisations and multi-disciplinary interaction across research, teaching, student experience and employability.

Areas of specialised research will include high-performance computing and smarter cities – innovative use of city data to deliver sustainable and high-quality of life.

Professor Andrew Deeks, Durham’s pro-vice-chancellor, said: “As a UK top five and world top 100 university, partnerships such as this MoU ensure our research is relevant to the needs of industry and has significant impact, and also present opportunities for our students to gain additional skills through engagement with multi-national companies.”

He added: “We are particularly happy to be working with IBM in this manner, as their forward-thinking approach to identifying and solving the future problems and needs of society fits well with our own multi-disciplinary approach to addressing global problems.”