Our partnerships

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.

Edinburgh engages with more than 250 institutions all over the world to build innovative global partnerships for research, teaching and impact.

Our Global ambition

Our ambition is to deliver impact for society, where it is most needed. As a truly global university, rooted in Scotland’s capital city, we make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to the world, often through partnerships and exchange and always through engagement.

Our Global reach

Our global partnerships are essential in delivering our strategic aims. We have built up strong relationships with partner organisations all over the world, including business, industry and other leading higher education institutions. This helps us to attract the most promising researchers and students and to achieve our strategic mission of changing the world for the better. If you are interested in collaborating with us or would like more information, please contact the Global Partnerships team.

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Our innovative partnerships

We have partnerships with universities across the globe spanning teaching, research and industry engagement. Here are some examples of current innovative collaborations.

Zhejiang University

Zhejiang University

Learn more about our joint institute

Delivering impact in teaching through our Joint Institute with Zhejiang University in China. Students study University of Edinburgh undergraduate and postgraduate biomedical sciences degrees at our joint international research institute in Haining.

Translated information ZJU-UoE institute.

Mastercard Foundation

Our partnership with the Mastercard Foundation is one our key engagements in Africa. The Scholars Program supports 200 talented African students to complete their studies at the University of Edinburgh alongside extracurricular training in leadership, entrepreneurship and service to their communities and countries.

Find out more about the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

Una Europa

Una Europa is a unique alliance of 8 of Europe’s top universities working together to create a truly European inter-university environment where outstanding research is continuously linked to transnational and innovative, critical thinking. The flagship project, 1Europe, launched in December 2019, with funding secured through the Erasmus+ programme under the European Commission.

Edinburgh’s membership of Una Europa partnership

Una Europe website

Low Carbon College

Our Low Carbon College, is a joint initiative between the University of Edinburgh, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Shanghai Lingang City, and is based in a custom-designed facility in Lingang, south of Shanghai. An innovative centre for the exchange of ideas, talent, technology and resources to tackle global environmental challenges.

Low Carbon College

Low Carbon College

Read the feature about the launch of LCC

Edinburgh Local

Working closely with regional partners including local councils, business groups and public and community services means we make a demonstrable contribution to regional development.

Find out more about these innovative partnerships and projects on the Edinburgh Local website.

Edinburgh Local