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The University of Southampton

Bringing together expertise from port city universities around the world

Engineers at Southampton are working with colleagues in universities situated in ports around the world to further research, innovation and education related to the maritime industries.

The Port-cities Universities League (PUL) was established in 2006 with founder members from Vietnam, India, China, Brazil and Japan as well as the University of Southampton. Fourteen universities from 11 countries are now part of the League.

"We recognise that universities in port cities share common interests in shipping, trade, borders and the environment. They also possess unique history, heritage and culture," says Professor Ajit Shenoi "PUL universities share a common outlook and vision which is invaluable in the twenty first century."

The PUL collaboration is aimed at fostering excellence and innovation in the maritime world by creating a global research and education base and promoting outreach activities in the community. Opportunities exist for students and academic staff to work at partner universities to increase their understanding of global issues that affect the maritime community worldwide.

Links with PUL members will be strengthened by the establishment of the University of Southampton's Marine and Maritime Institute, which will be led by Professor Shenoi. This will draw on the University's wide range of expertise in maritime engineering, ocean science, law and business and connect with the existing, highly varied range of marine businesses on the south coast of England.

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