The University of Westminster has won the Times Higher Education (THE) International Collaboration of the Year award for its innovative MSc programme in Medical Molecular Biology developed in collaboration with universities in the South Caucasus region.

The award was presented to the University of Westminster at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Thursday, 29 November.

The MSc programme in Medical Molecular Biology was set up in 2011 by the University of Westminster and is the first international collaborative award in this discipline, bringing together six Southern Caucasian universities and two European universities.

The collaboration led by the University of Westminster and funded by the European Union Tempus educational programme uses an innovative learning approach combining a mixture of IT-based and digital technologies with conventional teaching methods with the aim to foster knowledge exchange in teaching and research in the Medical Molecular Biology field.

The pioneering project, which was commended by the European Union as the best regional project since the Tempus programme was established 20 years ago, has also reinforced the University’s close partnerships with leading universities in the Southern Caucasus.

Professor Jane Lewis, Dean of the School of Life Sciences at the University of Westminster, said: “I am delighted that our leadership of this complex international project has been recognised. The University of Westminster looks forward to working closely with our partners in the coming years through future students and new projects.”

Participating universities include the University of l’Aquila in Italy, University of Brest in France, Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and Kutaisi State University in Georgia, Azerbaijan Medical University and Baku State University in Azerbaijan, Yerevan State University and Yerevan State Medical University in Armenia.

“As a result of the project, the University of Westminster now has a firm educational presence in the Southern Caucasus and is committed to building on the established relationships with institutions in the region with further projects aimed at the development of sophisticated e-based learning methods and virtual laboratories as well as research collaborations.” Professor Lewis added.

2012 THE AWARDS WINNER, International Collaboration of the year 

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