Strategy seeks to enhance global reputation

Edinburgh is to refocus its international outlook with the launch of the new Global Engagement Plan.

The University's International Office - renamed Edinburgh Global - will lead on the strategy, which has three key themes.

These are Global Community, Global Exchange and Global Partnerships.

The plan also reflects the University’s widening representation in key regions across the world.

It is part of a wider development of activities that support the University community and enhance its global reputation.

Student support

Edinburgh Global will deliver new scholarships and financial assistance to support greater access for students from overseas.

It is committed to attracting the world’s most talented students and staff, regardless of location. 

The University will develop services that facilitate learning and teaching in an increasingly digital environment.

International network

Edinburgh has alumni in almost every nation of the world, all serving as ambassadors for the University.

Edinburgh Global will work to strengthen relationships with alumni groups and build networks worldwide.

It aims to encourage dialogue across the globe and advance partnerships and engagement within key regions. 

Exchange opportunities

Edinburgh will increase opportunities for students to work, study and volunteer overseas.

A particular focus will be on our exchange with fast-emerging nations across the world.

It will support internationalisation initiatives at home and offer services to enrich the student experiences. 

Office launch 

The expansion of the University’s global operation will include a new office in Singapore, opening in summer 2017.

This will join the existing network of overseas offices in New York, Mumbai, Santiago and Beijing.

Regional Directors are also being appointed for Africa, Europe and the Middle East in addition to the new Singapore Office.

They will work with staff based overseas and help focus the University’s engagement with key regions.

Professor James Smith, Vice Principal International, stressed the need to support Edinburgh's global community of staff and students.

He emphasised the importance of transformational partnerships that ensure that the University's teaching and research has more impact and greater reach.

We are one of the world’s leading universities, and one of the most international. These characteristics go hand in hand and have defined us for centuries. Launching a new global plan and re-naming our international office are part of a broader reflection on how we need to engage internationally in future.

Professor James SmithVice Principal International


Edinburgh Global