Chris Musson, Liverpool Science Park, John Caldwell, University of Liverpool, Jack Stopforth, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, Charles Forsdick, University of Liverpool, Jill Forrest, head of public and regional engagement, Michael Hoey, University of Liverpool and Rachel Mulhearn, Merseyside Maritime Museum

University and civic officials from Liverpool, United Kingdom, visited Georgia from Jan. 9-14 to discuss future economic growth and development between the two regions.

The delegation selected Georgia over other states for this trip because of potential links between the Port of Savannah and the Port of Liverpool, collaborations between universities in Georgia and the University of Liverpool and future growth prospects in the state.

They met with professors from the University of Georgia, Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology to discuss a student exchange program and also joint masters or doctorate programs with the University of Liverpool.

The delegation included the chief executive officer for the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, several academics from the University of Liverpool and the chief executive officer of the business research facility, Liverpool Science Park.

“We brought a strong team to Atlanta because we recognize the strength and breadth of expertise here. We have made excellent contacts and had useful conversations despite the weather,” said Michael Hoey, a pro-vice chancellor at the University of Liverpool, in reference to the unusually cold and icy weather conditions at the time.

Annabelle Malins, Britain’s consul general in Atlanta, said that this trip was part of Liverpool’s plans to further develop its global network.

“Liverpool is a historic port city with extensive global links … It is impressive to see the commitment Liverpool has shown to building their partnership between Atlanta and Georgia,” said Ms. Malins.

The University of Liverpool is also devoted to building global relationships and has identified Georgia as its hub for future partnerships in North America. In February, the university plans to bring in experts from Georgia for an event on sustainable energy.

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