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Global stories

Read stories from across the University's global activity, projects, partnerships and community work.

Edinburgh hosts two international refugee conferences

The University of Edinburgh recently hosted the UNHCR & Times Higher Education Conference and the Universities of Sanctuary National Conference.

The Jameel Observatory's first year

More than a year has passed since the launch of the Jameel Observatory for Food Security Early Action, in September 2021.

Sydney Brenner Fellowship

We spoke with Dr Luicer Anne Ingasia Olubayo and Dr David Twesigomwe, recipients of the Sydney Brenner Fellowship.

Julius Nyerere centenary

Julius Nyerere at 100
On Monday 7 November 2022, the University of Edinburgh had the privilege of hosting a series of events paying tribute to the centenary of Julius Kambarage Nyerere’s birth. The first president of the Republic of Tanzania, Nyerere remains one of the University’s most renowned and accomplished alumni, working tirelessly for the independence of Tanzania and against oppressive regimes such as Apartheid.

Global Community team expands

We are delighted to welcome new colleagues Chioma Dibia, Ameena Almeer and Vivian MacDonald to join our Global Community Team. Edinburgh Global continues to evolve through 2022 with the creation of several new roles which aim to support strategic initiatives for our global community of staff, students and visitors.

Edinburgh wins partnership award in China

The award was received on behalf of the University of Edinburgh by Leina Shi, Director Education at British Council China.
The University received an award at the 2022 British Business Awards in China earlier this month. Edinburgh was recognised for its partnership with Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU) and their work together on the UK-China Low Carbon College.

Edinburgh Earth Initiative web launch

Image of Edinburgh Earth Initiative website
October saw the launch of the Edinburgh Earth Initiative website. The initiative, launched in 2021, aims to accelerate the University of Edinburgh’s response to the climate crisis.

Una Europa Kaleidoscope & Staff Week

From 26 to 30 September 2022, the University of Edinburgh hosted Una Europa partner Universities for a week of collaboration, celebration, reflecting and planning. Over 250 delegates gathered to participate in the 49 different activities.

Harnessing the power of evaluation to build better partnerships

A new evaluation handbook gives us the evidence to understand the value of partnerships – and to use that evidence to inform decision-making.

Improving eye care diagnostics in India

Beth Mills, based at the Queen’s Medical Research Institute, has worked with Aravind Eye Care Systems (AECS) since 2017, exploring diagnostic strategy for cornea infections using SmartProbes. She shared her experiences and the project’s successes with us.

Witwatersrand awards Centennial Fellows to Edinburgh researchers

As part of its 2022 centennial celebrations, the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg has awarded three short-term fellowships for researchers based at the University of Edinburgh.

Una.Universitas confirmed by European Commission

Yesterday's announcement that the Una Europa alliance has secured funding for its Una.Universitas project presents new and unique opportunities for Edinburgh students and staff further to develop joint activity with Una Europa member universities.

First Una Europa Summer School held in Edinburgh

From 25 July to 5 August, more than 50 students from the University of Edinburgh and European partner universities came together to tackle One Health issues.

Preventing Pesticide Suicide in SE Asia

The Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention (CPSP) is a philanthropically funded research and policy initiative within the University of Edinburgh, working to reduce the number of pesticide suicides worldwide.

Launch of export control compliance network: HEECA

HEECA is the Higher Education Export Control Association. This national network was founded by professionals at the UK’s leading research universities including the University of Edinburgh. HEECA was formed to develop, maintain and promote best practice in Export Control Compliance across the UK Higher Education sector.

Arctic spotlight

Edinburgh will be the host location for the next Arctic Science Summit Week and the Arctic Observing Summit in 2024, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) announced this week. This is the most important annual gathering of Arctic Research Organisations and will attract around 1,000 Arctic researchers from around the world to the city.

An interview with Respect Rungano Musiyiwa

An interview with Respect Rungano Musiyiwa, a multi-awarding social leader and founder of a nonprofit CASL Trust

Refugee Week: Community Stories

Interested in joining in Refugee Activism? There are many ways to make a difference. Read about Anna, Nula, and Hammed's journeys into Refugee Activism and their starts at the University of Edinburgh.

Hear from the Identities in Transition Participants

Hear from the Identities in Transition Project Researchers as they share their experiences as part of the Mastercard Foundation programme of participants and how they came to join the Identities in Transition research project. Find out more about the Identities in Transition project here. 

Edinburgh student becomes #WeAreInternational Student Ambassador

Following a highly competitive application process, an undergraduate student from the University of Edinburgh has been selected to the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) Student Ambassador Programme.

Una Europa Launches Bachelor in European Studies

The University of Edinburgh along with seven other universities in the Una Europa alliance have joined forces to develop the Bachelor in European Studies.

Student photo competition winners 2021

The annual Edinburgh Global international student photography competition winners have been selected.

Una Europa welcomes Leiden University

Una Europa’s leading research universities welcome a new member from the Netherlands, with Leiden University joining the European alliance.

Johanna Holtan reflects on Scholars Program

Johanna Holtan has been instrumental in the success and growth of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MFSP) at Edinburgh since its beginnings in 2016. She takes up a new role in the Edinburgh Earth Initiative in the new year and shared her thoughts as she looks back at her time leading the program.

Joint PhD's through the pandemic: 4 students share their experience

Four joint PhD scholars at the University, who are combining their research at European universities, talk about their scholarships, the importance of collaboration and how they’re handling student life through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Afghanistan – an update on our support

Edinburgh Global is committed to supporting students and colleagues affected by the crisis in Afghanistan. We have been working with partners across the University and beyond to provide support and advice.

Ekasi celebrates community heroes

The Ekasi podcast team are launching their second season, this time focusing on community heroes.

Refugee week 2021

The University held a series of events during Refugee Week (14-20 June) to showcase Edinburgh’s support of refugee projects, centring around World Refugee Day on 20 June.

U7+ alliance calls for climate change action

To coincide with the G7 Summit, the University joined its U7+ Alliance partners to call on global leaders to prioritise the climate crisis in the global post-pandemic recovery and to recognise the important role universities can play in supporting G7 climate action. The Alliance cited this priority was driven by the need to preserve the rights of the young and future generations.

Chevening Conference 2021 - Be a leader: Shaping the Changing World

Edinburgh Global hosted the 2021 Chevening Conference on 3 June, with speeches from Professor Peter Mathieson and Professor James Smith and sessions from leading academics.