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Susan Oliver, Ivan Hutchins, Anthony Forster, Alan St. Clair Gibson, Robert Gordon, Chris Busch, Dominic Micklewright, Michael Siu, John Preston.A delegation from the University of Essex visited the UWindsor campus Friday to discuss strategic partnerships between the two institutions. From left: Susan Oliver, Ivan Hutchins, Anthony Forster, Alan St. Clair Gibson, Robert Gordon, Chris Busch, Dominic Micklewright, Michael Siu, John Preston.

U.K. delegation seeks closer ties between Windsor and Essex

A delegation from the United Kingdom’s University of Essex touring several Ontario universities seeking strategic partnerships saved the best for last — meeting Friday with University of Windsor faculty and administrators.

The two schools already share an exchange agreement which sends undergraduate students overseas in both directions, making Windsor an “obvious choice” as a Canadian partner, said Essex vice-chancellor Anthony Forster.

“Over a number of years, we have developed ties with the University of Windsor in several areas,” he said. “Our students on exchange report that your school is really strong in terms of extracurricular activities as well as in the classroom.”

UWindsor president Robert Gordon noted that Essex is a good fit for the school’s ongoing efforts at internationalization.

“There are so many similarities between our two institutions,” said Dr. Gordon. “I am excited to build on some of the connections we have already enjoyed.”

Besides Dr. Forster, the Essex delegation included its dean for partnerships, head of international business, and deputy deans for research from the faculties of humanities, social science, and science and health. They toured campus research and teaching facilities and met with representatives from the UWindsor Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; School of Social Work; Faculty of Human Kinetics; and International Student Centre.