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A message for alumni from Professor Shearer West, our Vice-Chancellor and President.
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A global sense of place - Professor Shearer West

"The national conversation in the UK raises many questions about the country’s future local and global perspective. The University of Nottingham has resolved to reinforce its civic mission in the region we are proud to call home and its global mission in the 195 countries that our alumni call home. Acting both locally and globally is not an oxymoron: in a post-Brexit culture, powerful relationships with the world will be essential to our local communities.

"More than 45,000 students from 150 countries study at our campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, and a global network of 280,000 alumni live and work all over the world. Our international presence delivers economic, social and cultural benefits for the city of Nottingham and our global research base enables experts to work with communities to address local problems.

"In Malaysia, we are developing a plant-based vaccine to prevent dengue fever. In Ningbo, we host innovation clusters to support the city’s industrial strategy. In the UK, we are helping to regenerate the Trent Basin, one of the largest eco-housing developments in Europe.

The University of Nottingham has resolved to reinforce its civic mission in the region we are proud to call home and its global mission in the 195 countries that our alumni call home.
Professor Shearer West, Vice-Chancellor and President

"While our global society faces competing trends of nationalism and globalisation, it important to return to the principles of what universities should be for - the flow of ideas, knowledge and talent across international borders, while also being rooted in their local communities.

"The University of Nottingham remains ideally placed to be a force for good in this complex world, and will continue to embody the values and vision that first attracted you, our alumni, to Nottingham as students."

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