Edinburgh Global

Global stories

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

The role of university autonomy in Higher Education

On International Education Day, Professor Sir Peter Mathieson joined other university leaders in Zurich to speak about university autonomy - the lessons learned and future efforts.

Arctic Science Summit Week 2024

Ny-Alesund in the Arctic
Edinburgh hosted the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) during 21-29 March 2024, welcoming over 900 delegates to share knowledge and collaborate on Arctic research and policy.

The Global Collaborative for the Liberal Arts

In March 2024, the Global Collaborative for the Liberal Arts met in person for the first time at the University of Edinburgh. The Collaborative is a partnership of Vassar College, the University of Edinburgh, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and the University of Global Health Equity. This meeting brought the partners together to share challenges and aspirations around institutional strategy and impact.

Ukrainian Week 2024

Ukraine flag
Ukrainian Week will take place at the University, from 8-10 April 2024, featuring a series of lectures, events and film screenings highlighting Ukrainian language, literature, culture, and history.

Photography competition winners - My Edinburgh

Taken almost from the top of Arthur's Seat on a cold morning in December. The photo is divided by an incoming shelf cloud.
The annual student photography competition winners have been announced! The competition was open in Semester 1 under the theme ‘My Edinburgh’. Open to international students and students who have had a study or work away experience, the submissions totalled over 150 photos.

Principal’s African Partnership Fund: One year on

A group photo including Principal Sir Peter Mathieson on his visit to Ghana in March 2023
One year on from the launch of the Principal’s African Partnership Fund, Edinburgh is about to embark on a series of collaborative events in Ghana and Zimbabwe.

Spotlight on Confucius Institute for Scotland

Abden House
The Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh is a national centre that promotes educational and cultural ties between Scotland and China.

Africa 2024: Prospects and Forecasts

Liz Grant presents to the Africa 2024: Prospects and Forecast audience
On 6 February the University hosted Africa 2024: Prospects and Forecasts, in partnership with the Royal African Society.

Education Beyond Borders launches

Young woman in dappled light with a flowing unbroken pink line behind
Education Beyond Borders brings together work across the University of Edinburgh, including funding, support, collaborative and staff and student-led initiatives to ensure access and pathways to education for displaced scholars.

Edinburgh Global welcomes two new Regional Directors

Regional Directors, Audrey Kon and Seth Amanfo
Edinburgh Global is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Regional Directors.

Edinburgh participates in Global Refugee Forum

Alan Mckay and Sarah Hoey representing Edinburgh at the Global Refugee Forum
Representatives from Edinburgh will attend the world’s largest international gathering uniting to address the challenges faced by refugees.

Educate, collaborate, unite: Our Edinburgh-Kyiv partnership

Principal Peter Mathieson speaking at the Educate, Collaborate, Unite event
A recent conference took place to mark a key stage in our partnership.

Edinburgh Global’s 2023 summer activity

Over 60 Edinburgh students joined worldwide partner institutions to participate in several summer school programmes provided by Edinburgh Global services. The students took part in seminars, activities and networking to develop their intercultural skills and tackle global challenges.

Edinburgh co-hosts International Staff Week

Starting at the University of Edinburgh and proceeding midweek to the University of Amsterdam, 37 delegates from 31 partner institutes were immersed in an interactive learning environment.

Una Europa Student Board member awarded the Sir William Darling Memorial Prize

Third year School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences student, Baby Wang, has been awarded the University's Sir William Darling Memorial Prize 2023 in recognition of her leadership shaping the role that the University of Edinburgh's student body can play in European Higher Education.

Galápagos decarbonisation: sustainable energy transition

View of sea an hills in the Galapagos Islands
Through a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh, Universidad San Francisco de Quito and the British-Ecuadorian Chamber of Commerce, the Living Lab for Energy Innovation is working to deliver objectives of the Galápagos Plan 2030. Interdisciplinary teams have been researching the challenges and opportunities in sustainable and inclusive decarbonisation of the islands, the focus of a three-day summit held there in July 2023.

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program: phase one impact report

MCF Scholars
Our new impact report site summarises learnings and reflections gathered over the seven years of phase one of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

Student and staff mobility after Erasmus

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2023 has brought considerable changes to the landscape of international mobility for students and staff at the University of Edinburgh and across the higher education sector.

Connected learning in crisis settings

The University of Edinburgh is a key partner in the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium (CLCC) - a collaborative effort of academic institutions and organisations focused on advancing the field of education in crisis settings – conflict, natural disasters, and displacement.

Edinburgh Alum Dajana Dzanovic shares her refugee story

Dajana Refugee Week 2023
This Refugee Week 2023 we are celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary alongside the theme of Compassion. Read Edinburgh alum Dajana's personal story of overcoming extraordinary barriers.

At-risk academic continues his profession at Edinburgh

This Refugee Week 2023 we are celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary alongside the theme of Compassion. Read Amanullah's story, as he continues his profession in Edinburgh.

At-risk academic shares his story

View from Arthurs Seat
This Refugee Week 2023 we are celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary alongside the theme of Compassion. Read Edinburgh academic Salim's personal story of huge disruption in his academic career, and finding his way in Scotland.

Escaping Nazi occupied Austria: Hans Gál's story

Hans Gaal
The University of Edinburgh has long been committed to its role as a University of Sanctuary, working in partnership with the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) to help protect vulnerable scholars and refugees. Here, we look at the role the University played in supporting renowned Viennese composer, Hans Gál, after fleeing from Nazi occupied Austria.

Una Europa spring round-up

Explore our European alliance’s recent initiatives

Celebrating the Cervantes Institute partnership

The University has created a world first by introducing a Cátedra Cervantes/Cervantes Chair in Edinburgh

Indonesian Dual Degree funding

James Smith hosts a meeting around a wooden table in Old College
In early 2023 the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) committed to funding up to 20 postgraduate scholarships each year, for a five year period.

2023 Changemaker awards

An illustrated megaphone held against a blue background
Two Edinburgh Global staff have received the 2022-23 Changemaker award. Inga Ackerman and Izi Robe have been recognised for the positive impact they have made within the University through their socially responsible projects, and their commitment to encouraging others to act in a more socially responsible or sustainable way.

Celebrating Europe Day: Past experiences, future opportunities

Europe Day 2023
This Europe Day, we marked the impact of over 35 years of our involvement in the Erasmus+ programme through stories from student and staff participants, as we recognise the ongoing opportunities, activities, and partnerships for which it has been the foundation.

Literatures and Cultures in the Face of War: Edinburgh-KNU Collaboration

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A collaboration between Edinburgh and KNU involving guest lectures, joint seminars, sharing online resources and research mobility.

Urban Regeneration: Impacts of War lab

Soledad Garcia Ferrari
A collaboration between Edinburgh and KNU, exchanging experiences, knowledge and ideas between students and staff from both universities, which looks to limit damage, achieve justice and aid sustainable and inclusive reconstruction.