Global partnerships

Key strategic partnerships

The University has partnerships with over 300 higher education institutions worldwide to collaborate on research, teaching and innovative projects. We have a further 190 global partners who we work with to offer our student exchange and mobility opportunities.

All our partnerships are crucial to the University’s operation and contribute to the University’s global reputation.

They underpin and facilitate our global collaborative research and they provide a framework for our joint teaching, mobility, and strategic projects with some of the best universities in the world.

Here we highlight by region a snapshot of the University’s partnerships.

Why do we consider these partnerships to be strategic?

These are current and active partnerships that we consider strategic because they do one or more of the following:

  • are actively delivering research linked to the University’s Strategy 2030
  • have a significant scope or breadth of partnership activity across all three Colleges
  • have produced a joint research centre or institution
  • regularly offer funding opportunities for staff and/or students
  • deliver global experiences and opportunities for staff and/or students

Explore strategic partners by region

Related links

Find out more about activities taking place across our regions.

Visit our regional engagement site

The University of Edinburgh offers students the opportunity to study abroad in Europe and beyond. We have around 300 student exchange partners in nearly 40 countries worldwide.

Check out our Exchange Destinations Guide 2024-25

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

Visit our partnerships toolkit (secured)