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Working together - our relationship with the Commonwealth

The UK’s hosting of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting comes at a time when international collaboration is vital in tackling the many global challenges we all face today.

As a leading global university, Southampton enjoys many strong and mutually-beneficial partnerships in many of the Commonwealth’s 53 countries.

The fact that Southampton is promulgating a multi-disciplinary approach to problem-solving is absolutely in tune with what we in the Commonwealth are seeing is needed.
It’s that mix of talent, that understanding that if we come together – if the anthropologists get together with the physicists and the chemists and the engineers and the sociologists – we’ve got a chance and that’s why I think it’s exciting.
I’m really looking forward to working even more closely with Southampton because Southampton and we are looking at things in a similar way.

Our Commonwealth connections

We are a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and we believe in the value of higher education to society and that this value is enhanced by international collaboration.

Thrinayani Ramakrishnan

Our Commonwealth Ambassador

20-year-old University of Southampton student Thrinayani Ramakrishnan is a British Youth Council UK Ambassador to the Commonwealth. She is attending the Commonwealth Youth Forum in London.

Okanda with some of his pupils

Alumnus teaching in Nigeria

Biomedical Sciences graduate Okanda Ogbonda has been chosen for a Fellowship with Teach for Nigeria, an organisation that recruits Nigeria's future leaders to work in poor schools.

Malaysian campus building

University of Southampton Malaysia

We have had the privilege of educating students from Malaysia for over 50 years. At the UoSM students can study at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Commonwealth scholarship students

Commonwealth scholarships

Every year we welcome many students from Commonwealth countries through our participation in the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Programme.  

Ghanaian student Doreen picnicing in the park.

Our students from the Commonwealth

We have 6,500 international students from more than 135 countries, many of which are Commonwealth countries. Read about one Ghanian student's experience of studying here in her blog.

Baroness Scotland speaking at the lecture.

Our public lectures

In our latest season of public lectures we examined how to deliver the United Nations sustainable development goals. Watch the General Secretary of the Commonwealth, Baroness Scotland's, speech at this lecture.

Enactus students on the Sole Support project.

Enactus Southampton

Enactus Southampton is a student society at the University that creates social enterprises to improve the lives of people across the globe. Many of their projects have focused on Commonwealth Countries.

Map showing our global partnerships.

Partnerships across the world

Take a look at our interactive map showing our many academic and business partnerships with countries across the globe, including most Commonwealth countries.

Our Commonwealth impact

Our research and partnerships are changing lives in Commonwealth countries.

Houses of Parliament

Influencing foreign policy

The University is often called upon by the UK Government to offer expertise and ideas on policy issues. Find out more about some of the recent issues that we have been consulted on.

Plastic floating in the ocean.

Saving our oceans

Students from 34 Commonwealth countries have successfully participated in our Massive Open Online Course ‘Exploring our Oceans’, joining the global debate about ocean climate and pollution.

Black hole wind

Astrophysicists in India

Our researchers are leading a project called SITARE ('stars' in Hindi) alongside India's Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics to inspire and train future astrophysicists in India.

Maternal health researcher

Improving maternal health

Our research is helping to improve the outcomes for pregnant women in low income countries, including many countries in the Commonwealth.

Optoelectronics clean room

Singapore Photonics Institute

Our close ties with partners in Singapore have led to the establishment of The Photonics Institute at Nanyang Technological University, which works closely with our world-renowned Optoelectronics Research Centre.

Jaguar in undergrowth

Saving jaguars

Research by biological scientists at the University of Southampton has helped secure the first wildlife corridor for jaguars and other endangered cats in Belize. 

Man taking part in stroke research

Explore more of our research highlights

Across the University our researchers are collaborating on research projects that will improve the lives of people across the globe. Explore this research in more depth.

Our global vision

We will develop graduates who are confident global citizens, equipped to make a positive contribution to the world. Our knowledge and technologies will have real economic and social benefit for the world.

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