28 February 2020

Dr Charlotte Legg on her trip to ULIP’s partner Jefferson University in Philadelphia with Catherine Duperray from ULIP Student Services.

Philadelphia: the Liberty Bell, the Barnes Foundation, and, of course, Rocky. The city is also home to Jefferson University, which we visited in February to finalize the next stage in our two institutions’ partnership: the Student Mobility Programme. It will bring Jefferson undergraduate students to spend a semester studying at ULIP, enriching students in both institutions by diversifying classroom experience and perspectives. The programme also offers a great chance for cultural exchange – which we began with our visit to Philadelphia. Over three days we met faculty to discuss Student Mobility and gave a presentation to a number of extremely enthusiastic and engaged students on the Communications and Law and Society programmes. It was a great chance to explain all that ULIP and Paris have to offer for visiting students, both academically and socially.

Our visit also included sitting in on different classes, including a delightfully dynamic law class in which students role-played a jury selection; tours of Jefferson’s two campuses in Philadelphia; a lovely dinner surrounded by portraits of Civil War generals and Thomas Jefferson, after whom the university is named; and a full-house of students and academics for my lecture about medical publishing in settler Algeria. After such a warm welcome in Philadelphia, we look forward to the arrival at ULIP of the first three Jefferson students in September – hopefully, the first of many!

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