Relations with the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) continue to strengthen, as part of a flourishing strategic partnership with Chicago, Illinois.
May 2013 saw both a Birmingham delegation visit to UIUC and the visit of Chancellor Wise to Birmingham, with a return visit by Birmingham's Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Eastwood, planned for spring 2014.
Exciting educational opportunities have been established for University of Birmingham students through new exchange partnerships, prestigious internship placements and collaborative teaching arrangements that internationalize the classroom at home. Collaboration with Chicago’s arts and academic sectors has positioned Birmingham as a key partner for the region, contributing to policy development and advancing cohesive knowledge transfer between two culturally-ambitious cities.
Our achievements have received external recognition through our recent nomination for the Times Higher ‘Outstanding International Strategy’ award 2013, and commendations from the British Consul General, who has widely credited Birmingham with leading academic diplomacy in the region.