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Amsterdam accord builds European links

The University has reinforced its commitment to build partnerships with leading European universities by signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the University of Amsterdam.

The agreement commits matched funding from each University over the next three years.

The money will support student and staff collaboration in a number of key areas.

These include artificial intelligence and law; logic, cognition and ageing, energy and carbon capture and sustainability.

The MoA will build on the existing relationship with the University of Amsterdam.

The two Universities already work together on International Staff Week and have a long history of Erasmus+ exchanges and research collaborations.

Amsterdam’s Rector Magnificus Professor Karen Maex signed the MoA with Edinburgh Vice Principal Professor Jonathan Seckl.

European partnerships

Edinburgh remains committed to playing a strong role in European research and innovation collaborations.

Thirty percent of the University’s research outputs are authored with European partners.

The signing is the first in a series of MoAs which will be announced with key partner institutions in Europe and around the world.

International experiences

The agreement strengthens the University’s commitment to international student and staff exchanges.

Since 1987, the University has sent more than 12,000 students to Europe to work and study and a similar number have come to Edinburgh.

The University intends to ensure that students and staff will continue to have these opportunities and benefit from the collaborative nature of Edinburgh’s relationship with European and international partners.

Collaboration is at the heart of everything the University does as an institution. No University can have all the answers alone, so building deep partnerships with other leading universities enables a better opportunity to discover new knowledge and develop innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Stronger links with our colleagues in Amsterdam will drive new opportunities for students and staff alike.”

Professor Jonathan SecklVice-Principal, the University of Edinburgh

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The University is inextricably linked with Europe. Edinburgh has participated in more than 300 large European collaborative projects, contributing to areas such as Health Research, Information and Communications Technology and High-Performance Computing.  

Academic year 2017/18 saw an increase in the number of European students choosing to study at Edinburgh, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.


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