Global partnerships

Networks and alliances

We have a long history of global collaboration and partnership across our teaching and research activity. We collaborate daily with university colleagues around the world - researching, teaching, reviewing academic papers, organising conferences and giving seminars. Find out more about our network membership.

Cervantes Institute

The University of Edinburgh is launching an international collaboration and a national programme to promote Spanish language and culture.

Universitas 21

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A leading global network of research-intensive universities.


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The League of European Research Universities (LERU), founded in 2002, is a consortium of research-led European Universities that has had a significant impact on research policy in Europe.


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The University of Edinburgh is part of several networks, including UNICA, the network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe.

The Coimbra Group

Founded in 1985 and formally constituted by Charter in 1987, it is a large association of European multidisciplinary universities of high international standard.


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A network of nine European universities in life sciences.

U7+ Alliance

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The U7+ Alliance is an international coalition of university presidents who meet to engage in discussions and agree concrete action to address pressing global challenges.


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The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a cross-regional network of universities, colleges, research institutes, and other organisations (concerned with education and research) linked to the North.

Una Europa

Learn more about Una Europa, an alliance of eleven leading European research universities with global reputation and reach.

Una Europa and the University of Edinburgh