Global partnerships

Global Partnerships

Based within Edinburgh Global, the Global Partnerships team deliver an advice and support service to staff, offering guidance on partnership development, policy and protocol. The University engages with more than 250 institutions all over the world to build innovative global partnerships for research, teaching and impact.

Zhejiang university

Delivering impact in teaching through our Joint Institute with Zhejiang University in China. Students study University of Edinburgh undergraduate and postgraduate biomedical sciences degrees at our joint international research institute in Haining. Translated information ZJU-UoE institute.

Working closely with regional partners including local councils, business groups and public and community services means we make a demonstrable contribution to regional development.


Our partnership with the Mastercard Foundation is one our key engagements in Africa. The Scholars Program supports 200 talented African students to complete their studies at the University of Edinburgh alongside extracurricular training in leadership, entrepreneurship and service to their communities and countries.

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Una Europa is a unique alliance of 8 of Europe’s top universities working together to create a truly European inter-university environment where outstanding research is continuously linked to transnational and innovative, critical thinking. The flagship project, 1Europe, launched in December 2019, with funding secured through the Erasmus+ programme under the European Commission.

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Low Carbon College

Read the feature about the launch of LCC.

Wits university

Our partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in South Africa focuses on both research collaborations and opportunities for staff and students to engage in a learning and teaching environment. Our multi-layered partnerships feature work including entrepreneurship, inequality, climate and sustainability, migration, molecular bioscience and health informatics.

Learn more about our network and alliance memberships including Universitas 21, Una Europa, Coimbra and UNICA.

Discover the tools, resources and support available to help our staff develop partnerships.

A toolkit for staff working with exchange partners.