University announces five new research centres

Cardiff University is launching five new flagship centres to tackle some of the biggest global problems we face, as part of it’s bid to land a spot in the top 100 education institutions in the world.

Vice Chancellor Collin Riordan said, “We want our new institutes to send a clear message that we have the critical mass and the academic excellence to make a difference to major problems facing humanity, and in these fields we intend to be world leaders.

These new institutes will target major chronic disease, crime and security, as well as efficient water and energy use. Experts will also try to harnessing ‘Big Data’ to tackle such issues.

This launch will double the current number of research institutes to a total of nine, some of which have already had huge success in their work.

The European Cancer Stem Cell Institute has in the past two years managed to develop a cancer drug that has been licensed by a pharmaceutical company, with the hope the drug will make its way to human clinical trials.

It is hoped similar institutes will be hubs of excellence that will attract the best scientists and propel Cardiff University into the top 100 of the QS World University rankings by 2017.

The Vice Chancellor added, “In the short time since the original institutes were formed in 2011, their pioneering work in areas ranging from drug discovery to neurological disease has already signalled to the world Cardiff’s strengths and intentions as a global university.

Economy Minister Edwina Hart, speaking of the launch, said: “Cardiff University has a strong track record of producing world-class research with social and economic impact, which contributes strongly to the Welsh Government’s ambition for a stronger science base.

“These new research institutes will bring together academics from a range of disciplines to tackle the major challenges facing society, the economy and the environment.”

The opening of these centres also comes at a time when Cardiff University has broken into the top 200 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the highest position the University has achieved since 2009.

The Vice-Chancellor commented: “It’s gratifying to see us make substantial progress in the Times Higher Education world rankings so soon after a pleasing result in the QS table.”

“We aim to be a respected global university so it is important to be recognised in the league tables but our focus is always on our core activities of teaching and research.”