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New international alliance addresses global challenges with research in health, sustainability, social justice and technology

New international alliance addresses global challenges with research in health, sustainability, social justice and technology

Tuesday, February 02, 2016


London – Arizona State University, King’s College London and UNSW Australia have come together to form the PLuS Alliance, a new partnership to 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 three universities in different parts of the world, the PLuS Alliance will undertake cross-border research collaborations to address significant issues related to health, social justice, sustainability and innovation. The research will be supported with a suite of related learning programs to be delivered online.

“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.

To be officially launched Feb. 9 in London, the PLuS Alliance will announce more than 60 inaugural PLuS Alliance Fellows from across the three universities with plans to have 100 Fellows in total this year.

“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 globally 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 organizations,” said Professor Ian Jacobs, President and Vice-Chancellor, UNSW Australia.


More than 20 programs will be available to start from Fall 2016. Degrees to be offered through PLuS Alliance universities will initially include:

  • BA/BS in: Sustainability, Global Health, Community Health, Whole Person Care, Business, and Global Logistics Management
  • Masters in: Science of Healthcare Delivery, Infectious Diseases Intelligence, and Sustainability Leadership


To mark the establishment of the PLuS Alliance, a high-profile launch event will be held in London on Feb. 9, which will be attended by senior representatives from all three institutions. The event will reveal plans for the first joint research initiatives to be developed on sustainability.


Press Contacts:

For further information or to register your interest in attending the PLuS Alliance launch event on  Feb. 9, contact the Public Relations Department at King’s on or  +44 (0) 207 848 3202

For Arizona State University media queries please contact Logan Clark at

For UNSW Australia media queries please contact Denise Knight on or +61 9385 3249

About Arizona State University:

Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.

About King’s College London:

King’s College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world (2015/15 QS World University Rankings) and among the oldest in England. King’s has a particularly distinguished reputation in humanities, health and medicine, law, sciences and social science, including international affairs. Its research has helped shaped modern life from the discovery of DNA structure to development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar technology.)

About UNSW Australia:

UNSW Australia is a recognised leader in innovation, focusing on areas critical to the future from climate change, renewable technologies and sustainable cities to business, public health and human rights. Its solar cell engineers hold world records for converting sunlight into electricity; and its quantum physicists are leading the race to build the world’s first quantum computer in silicon. UNSW has unparalleled industry links, and produces more technology entrepreneurs and top CEOs than any other Australian university.