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SABE leads on UN Habitat Partner University

13 October 2009

Members of staff in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment have been instrumental in the appointment of the University of Westminster as the UK's first ever UN Habitat Partner University.

UN Habitat is the agency in the UN which deals with human settlement and development, with a particular focus on urbanisation, social justice and sustainability.

As a partner university, the University of Westminster will be part of an international network of academic institutions that research and teach in issues surrounding human habitation, particularly in the global south.

The University was selected as a partner largely on the basis of the School's track record of working in developing countries, through the Max Lock Centre and other international partnerships.

UN Habitat noted that they wanted to work with the University of Westminster "on themes such as spatial planning for environmental change and risk, and sustainable architecture, settlements and cultural identity in a globalising world."

These are all issues covered by SABE in both research and teaching, in particular the MA International Planning and Sustainable Development and MA Architecture, Cultural Identity and Globalisation.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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