Global partnerships

Key strategic partnerships

Learn more about our strategic partnerships.

Una Europa

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Una Europa is a unique alliance of 11 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.

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (KNU)

1 year with KNU
A pioneering Twinning Initiative has boosted bonds between Edinburgh and Ukraine, strengthening the cross-border exchange of people and ideas.

University of Helsinki

In 2019, the University of Helsinki (UH) and Edinburgh signed a Memorandum of Agreement, focusing on Human Genomics and Forestry Science.

University of Copenhagen

Following years of successful ongoing research collaboration and strong student interest in exchange opportunities, the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and Edinburgh are further developing their bilateral partnership activity.

Leiden University

Leiden and Edinburgh have a long record of collaborative research and teaching, and to encourage closer working, both universities invested in several joint PhD studentships.

KU Leuven

In 2020, the Rector of KU Leuven, Professor Luc Sels, committed to working closer with Edinburgh across research and education.

University College Dublin

Dublin agreement strengthens European links
Edinburgh has a strong history of collaborative EU research projects with University College Dublin (UCD) – in terms of the number of projects, project value, and excellent collaborative research outputs.

University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg

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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.

Mastercard Foundation

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program
Our partnership with the Mastercard Foundation is one our key engagements in Africa. The Scholars Program supports 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.

Zhejiang University

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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.

Low Carbon College

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China’s first college for the study of low-carbon technology has opened with the support of experts from Edinburgh.

Partnership with the Cervantes Institute

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