City will become one of the University of London’s self-governing Colleges following the UOL Board of Trustees meeting
City University London (City) is to join the University Of London (UOL) following the UOL Board of Trustees agreeing to the positive recommendation made by its Collegiate Council.
City intends to join the University of London in August 2016. This will allow time for the Privy Council to agree a supplemental Charter which will change City’s name and the titles of its senior officers reflecting that it will have become an autonomous College within the University of London. The move will see City become one of the federation’s self-governing Colleges.
City University London’s history dates from 1894 and City was granted University status by Royal Charter in 1966. The University also runs several courses including Cass Business School’s prestigious Executive MBA programme and MSc in Aviation Management programmes from DIFC’s Centre of Excellence, where it has been based since 2007.
City will continue to set its entrance criteria and examinations, award its own degrees and offer independent services to students. It will remain a chartered institution, autonomous and self-governing, with its own Council, Senate, Students’ Union and other bodies as at present.
Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, said: “I am delighted that City is to join the University of London. City brings a distinctive business and professional academic profile that will enrich the offering of the federal University.”
The University of London was founded by Royal Charter in 1836 and is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the UK. It is a collegiate University currently consisting of 17 self-governing Colleges and 10 other smaller specialist research institutes.
Professor Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City University London, said: “I am exceptionally pleased, as are my colleagues and our students. Joining the University of London marks a significant new chapter in City’s history. It is a major opportunity but also a signal of how far we have come as an institution. We will retain our historic strengths, professional credibility and deep-rooted City of London heritage while we strengthen our international profile and expand our research and education capabilities.”
Ehsan Razavizadeh, Regional Director, MENA and Head of the Dubai Centre said: “This is an important development for City University London, and our Dubai Centre based in DIFC’s Centre of Excellence. The move will strengthen City’s international profile in the region, whilst driving student recruitment for our four programmes and Executive Education workshops.
“Providing a world class student experience is what we strive for in our Dubai Centre, and joining UOL will offer this through greater potential for collaboration in education, research and enterprise in the region.”