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Kaunas University of Technology becomes the first non-UK university to partner with NSIRC

Kaunas University of Technology becomes the first non-UK university to partner with the National Structural Integrity Research Centre

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The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) is pleased to announce its new cooperation agreement with Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) in Lithuania.

The partnership will contribute additional academic excellence to NSIRC, as it seeks to address the need for fundamental research into structural integrity. KTU is the 17th academic partner to join NSIRC, alongside other leading universities including Brunel, Leicester, Southampton, Edinburgh and Birmingham, and the first from mainland Europe. The deal will allow students in the university’s department of engineering to receive state-of-the-art training through NSIRC over the next ten years.

NSIRC will provide a top level of studies combined with high-quality, industry-relevant training to support the safe operation of products and structures, innovation, fit-for-purpose technologies and design rules. Areas of study will include risk-based management, engineering critical assessment, non-destructive testing (NDT), structural heath and condition monitoring, and health management for use in industrial applications.

Leonas Balaševičius, director of science at KTU, said: ‘Fundamental knowledge and the opportunity to work with top researchers’ groups in the partners’ institutions, combined with industry experience and the chance to carry out research in the state-of-the-art laboratories at NSIRC will ensure development of highly qualified professionals, who are much needed in the labour market.’

Professor Tat-Hean Gan, technology director at NSIRC, said: ‘We are delighted to collaborate with Kaunas University of Technology. Together with universities such as Brunel, Cambridge, Loughborough, Southampton, Coventry, Edinburgh and Strathclyde, KTU will strengthen our academic partnership and assist in the delivery of the NSIRC programme. In particular, the collaboration will strengthen our expertise in the technical area of ultrasonic NDT.

‘KTU is the first university from mainland Europe to join NSIRC, and as our academic network continues to grow, NSIRC gets closer to its goal of becoming a world-renowned centre of excellence for structural integrity.’