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Global partnerships and initiatives

The University of Southampton is a partner of choice for many global leading higher education, industry, government and funding institutions. Through our partners our students and staff have global reach and impact influencing opinion formers and policy makers, carrying out innovative and world leading research, gaining valuable international experience and accessing sustainable sources of funding.

The University of Southampton’s international partnerships are guided by our International Strategy. We seek to partner with like-minded institutions who are supportive of diversity, inclusion and exploration. Our approach is drawn from our history as a port city, being a major gateway for the United Kingdom into the world and for the world into the United Kingdom – as a truly comprehensive university connecting across the oceans in art & culture and science & engineering.

The International Relations Team provides support in setting up international educational agreements across the university including general Memorandums of Understanding, Study Abroad, Exchange and Admissions agreements. 

As a research-intensive university we have collaborated with nearly 7000 institutions since 2010 producing over 38,000 co-publications. Our top 50 collaborators include the French National Centre for Scientific Research and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Harvard, CALTECH, MIT, ETH Zurich, UC San Diego, and the universities of Auckland, Northwestern, Hamburg and Helsinki. For information on University of Southampton research including our corporate research partnerships visit our research webpages.

Southampton strongly supports ensuring our students have an international experience. Equally, we understand the value international students bring to our campus and are proud of our multicultural student community. Our top exchange partners include the University of Bergen, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dalhousie University, University of Hamburg, University of Hong Kong, KU Leuven, University of New South Wales, Nanyang Technological University, University of Western Australia and Western University. For more information visit the Study Abroad & Exchange page.

We have over 800 partnerships around the world, as you can see here: 

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Our international strategic partnerships

Discover more about some of our most important partnerships and the positive impacts they are having on teaching, research, funding and graduate employability.

University of Auckland (UOA)

Fellow members of The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Auckland is ranked in the top 100 globally and first nationally.   Auckland is a top collaborator in the world in terms of co-publications and offers a limited number of partners research project scholarships that have been offered to University of Southampton undergraduate students since 2017. There are various active academic collaborations and exchanges of visiting staff and students between our institutions across most academic areas including Medicine and Archaeology. We have an active university-wide exchange agreement. 

Learn more about the University of Auckland (UOA)

University of California San Diego (UCSD)

UCSD is a significant priority partner for Southampton and a fellow member of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils. Ranked in the top 60 globally, UCSD is a major medical research partner.  There are particularly close links between our Centre for Cancer Immunology and UCSD's La Jolla Institute for Immunology. Most recently UCSD collaborated with Southampton in a research project in Chemistry in the search for new drugs and vaccines to combat the Coronavirus. UCSD is one of our top collaborators in the USA and world in terms of co-publications and an MoU between our School for Ocean and Earth Science, the National Oceanography Centre and the Scripps Institute at UCSD was first signed in 1996. A student exchange agreement was signed in 2019 between Scripps Institute and the School of Ocean & Earth Science at Southampton with several informal research arrangements in the Institute for Sound & Vibration Research, Electronics & Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Education and Medicine. 

Find out more about our partnership with University of California San Diego (UCSD)

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Fellow members of The Worldwide Universities Network and ranked top 50 globally and in the top 10 in Asia.  The impact of research at CUHK can be demonstrated from its five State Key Laboratories, nine Areas of Excellence research projects, and the many research institutes and collaborations with eminent overseas research institutions including the University of Southampton. Southampton has a university-wide exchange agreement signed in 2016 along with the establishment of a CUHK-UoS Joint Laboratory for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine.

Learn more about our partnership with the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

Dalian Polytechnic University (DPU)

Dalian Polytechnic University, in the Liaoning province of China, and the University of Southampton’s Winchester School of Art, work together to provide undergraduate Art and Design programmes.

Discover more about our collaboration with DPU.

University of Ghana (UG)

The University of Ghana (UG) is a fellow member of The Worldwide Universities Network, and as such are a priority partner for Southampton in Africa. Ranked globally in the top 450 for Medicine, UG has maintained its position as the highest-ranked university in Ghana and West Africa.  Southampton has a long history of established research links in Ghana, including our faculties of Medicine and Social Sciences, and the School of Public Health at the University of Ghana.  Our research links are extremely strong since we have been conducting research in the country for several years in partnership with Ghanaian institutions and ministries. BRECCiA is one such research collaboration project.

Discover more about our partnership with the University of Ghana (UG)

University of Hamburg (UHH)

Ranked in top 300 in the world and one of ten German Universities of Excellence, the University of Hamburg boasts numerous interdisciplinary projects across its research profile, which includes clusters of excellence in photon & nanoscience and climate research. We have a long-standing co-funded Staff Exchange Programme and a healthy exchange of students every year.

Learn more about the University of Hamburg (UHH).

Harbin Engineering University (HEU)

After some close research collaboration over a number of years, Southampton was pleased to establish a joint institute in 2020 with HEU, one of China's top engineering universities. The institute and our joint education initiative offer four undergraduate courses: naval architecture and ocean engineering; automation; marine engineering and hydroacoustic engineering. Harbin Engineering University also has several joint programs with the UK and Australia, although this is its first joint institute endorsed by the Chinese Government.

Discover more about the Harbin Engineering University (HEU).

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras)

IIT Madras is one of the foremost higher education institutions in India. We have had strong research collaboration in many areas of engineering and physical science for decades.   Apple Engineer and Southampton alumnus, Aniket Singh, is offering Indian students the chance to follow in his footsteps in the School of Electronics & Computer Science through a new international internship program which is supporting student mobility between our institutions. Our Social Impact Lab is also well connected to IIT Madras offering greater collaboration opportunities. We have initiated discussions on a joint Southampton-IIT Madras PhD programme. 

Learn more about our partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras).

Lakshman Kardirgamar Institute (LKI)

LKI is Sri Lanka's primary independent international relations think tank with whom Southampton signed an MoU in 2018. The MoU provides for exchange of expertise and research collaboration particularly in the public policy, marine & maritime and international law spaces. Sri Lanka occupies a key geostrategic location, and its government is paying ever closer attention to ocean issues.   

Find out more about the Lakshman Kardirgamar Institute (LKI).

Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)

With global ranking within the top five in Latin America, UFMG is part of The Worldwide Universities Network and part of the Santander universities network. We have an active student exchange agreement with Music, Philosophy and Languages in place. There is broad research collaboration including in Medicine, with medical student exchanges since 2013. Southampton is one of seven successful UK-Brazil partnerships with a winning bid from the Universities for the World programme, for capacity-building for the internationalisation of Higher Education, for which we were awarded a grant working with UFMG as our partner in 2019. 

Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) website.

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

A fellow member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, NTU is consistently ranked in the global top 20 and has several research connections with Southampton, including the development of cybersecurity solutions.  Southampton has had a Joint PhD programme in Optoelectronics and we are currently working to establish one in Biofilms. We have a strong university-wide exchange agreement, which includes postgraduate research student mobility and we have more co-publications with NTU than any other university in the region. In 2014, we jointly established The Photonics Institute. The $80 million institute at NTU is funded and supported by industry partners and various national agencies, including A*STAR, and is a natural partner for the University of Southampton Optoelectronics Research Centre, which is an acknowledged world leader in fibre technology and its industrial applications.

Learn more about the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on their website.

Nelson Mandela University (NMU)

We have long had research and education connections with NMU, particularly in Environmental and Life Science. We supported NMU in the establishment of their Ocean Sciences Campus and have had a joint research chair in marine food security appointed since 2016, the first jointly funded Newton-National Research Foundation chair. We have had good mobility of students and early career researchers including in marine species migration and the impact of invasive species on ecosystems and aquaculture.

Nelson Mandela University (NMU) website.

OP Jindal University (JGU)

Founded in 2009 and ranking in the top 60 universities in India, JGU is a partner university with ongoing Progression and Study Abroad agreements in Social Science. This has led to a healthy exchange of students studying law at Southampton Law School and at the Jindal Global Law School. JGU, jointly with Southampton, won a grant within the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) Study in India project to host students from the UK for short-term mobility programmes. In December 2019 Southampton welcomed Professor C Raj Kumar (founding VC of OP Jindal Global University) to give a talk on Corruption as a Violation of Human Rights in India.

OP Jindal University (JGU) website.

University of Southampton Malaysia Campus (USM)

USM is Southampton’s ASEAN educational hub. This branch campus has been established within the EduCity development in Iskandar Malaysia to enable more students to experience our world-class education.

Learn more about our University of Southampton Malaysia Campus (USM).

University of Southampton Faculty of Social Sciences Partnerships

The Faculty International Office for Social Sciences has developed many strategic partnerships with universities around the world including China, Indonesia and India.

Discover more about our Faculty of Social Sciences partners and programmes and our partners and programmes 

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

Ranked within the top 800 in the world and top 200 in the Impact rankings, TISS is promoting excellence in education and research in social sciences in India, through its teaching, research and field action programmes. Southampton and TISS signed an MoU in 2016. Southampton students attended a social entrepreneurship and social leadership training programme, called ‘Spark India’ in 2016, working with social entrepreneurs at TISS to develop and launch new social ventures that provide a range of social and environmental services for low-income women. There has also been collaboration in research about ‘Long-term care realties in South Asia’.

Discover more about the partnership with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

University of Tripoli (UOT)

The University of Tripoli has been among our priority partners for some time and is the largest research led university in Libya and is in the capital Tripoli. Informal links between the University of Tripoli (formerly known as Al Fateh University) and the University of Southampton date back to 2004. In 2019 Southampton signed a scholarship agreement with Tripoli, which enabled 3 students to enrol in postgraduate taught health science programmes.

University of Tripoli (UOT) website.

United States Military Academy (USMA)

USMA is the oldest of five U.S. service academies and provides Batchelor of Science degrees for officers-in-training. Southampton offers one masters level scholarship each year for a West Point graduate under their Graduate Scholarship Programme. In autumn 2019 the Vice-Chancellor visited West Point and signed a MoU that confirmed our commitment to exploring opportunities for student and academic exchange and joint research.

United States Military Academy (USMA)website.

Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)

We are a founder member of WUN, a leading global higher education and research network made up of 23 universities, spanning 15 countries on six continents. Together we drive international research collaboration and address issues of global significance.

Discover more about the Worldwide Universities Network.

Xiamen University (XMU)

As one of the top universities in China, Xiamen University has been one of Southampton’s most strategically important international partners, with a collaborative history that goes back over 20 years. Our education partnership spans a range of academic disciplines and programmes. Our joint research collaboration, particularly in Medicine, Physics & Astronomy and Engineering, has yielded world-leading publications and made great contribution to human knowledge. In addition, Xiamen University has been Southampton’s Confucius Institute partner since 2011. Through this platform we have continued to promote culture awareness between the UK and China. This strong partnership has helped Southampton to establish a well-known brand in Asia, and meaningfully connects the east and the west through education and research.  

Learn more about Xiamen University (XMU).

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