We are making significant investment to support academic engagement in North America. As part of our engagement we have developed a flourishing network of faculty-faculty relationships with leading academic institutions, generating research results and funding successes.
Exciting educational opportunities have been established for students through new exchange partnerships, prestigious internships placements and collaborative teaching arrangements.
Building on the twenty-year sister city relationship between Birmingham and Chicago, we have identified the greater Chicago region and Midwest as a specific regional focus for commitment. The Sister City relationship is based on a similar background and outlook.
Explore our Sister City relationship
We have strengthened our links with North America by announcing the establishment of a strategic alliance with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, investing institutional resources in support of the partnership's expansion and sustenance.
Our strategic alliance with Illinois
The University of Birmingham was honoured to welcome His Excellency Matthew W. Barzun, Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, to campus in early 2014 as part of a wider visit to the city of Birmingham.
Find out more about the recent visit