International Partnerships

At the University of Birmingham we are proud to be amongst the world's top 100 universities - a forward-thinking institution with civic roots, national eminence and global reach.

From our world-leading research and vibrant international student and staff community to the breadth and depth of our international engagement, Birmingham is a global university in every sense.

The University makes a global impact through our world-leading research, our partnerships with a wide range of international businesses and institutions, as well as through our international community of researchers and students. We collaborate with partners across the world to produce ground-breaking research and put it into practice, transforming business and education.

Our partners are located across every populated continent. We have permanent representation in Dubai, Brazil, China, India and Nigeria, and offices in Brussels at the heart of the European Union.

We are using these links to build partnerships that will enhance our research, internationalise the educational experience that we offer and develop a global perspective amongst our staff and students.

We work regularly with partners in North America and have established a network of institutional collaborations to further advance key areas of research including a focus on Ageing and Cognition, Brain Trauma, Water and Women's Health.

As an Official Partner of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games we will be taking part in various overseas activities to welcome the Queen's Baton Relay as it makes its way across continents.

Queen’s Baton Relay: the Baton will leave Buckingham Palace in autumn 2021 and visit every Commonwealth country prior to arriving in Birmingham in time for the Games. Our role as the Official Partner of the Birmingham 2022 Queens Baton Relay – International Leg, presents a unique opportunity to showcase and celebrate the West Midlands region. Working in partnership with our international collaborators we will be developing a series of hybrid events across the globe with a focus on India, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Canada and Nigeria.

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With the opening of the University’s Dubai campus in the close of 2017 we became the first global top 100 and Russell Group University to establish a campus there; rapidly developing our international footprint. With the first intake planned for 2018 the campus will offer a variety of courses, including business, engineering and economics, all taught to the University’s gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The Dubai campus allows the University to build on its capacity for collaboration in the region. The Ministry of Health and Prevention have agreed to work with the University in exploring ways of helping to make the United Arab Emirates (UAE) one of the ‘happiest’ countries in the world, in line with the UAE Vision 2021. The Project will see academic experts across a range of social sciences disciplines working with the Ministry to identify ways in which social and cultural cohesion can be boosted in the UAE.


Our longstanding engagements in China include high profile partnerships with Chinese government, business and civic society in the fields such as health, transport and energy storage. From setting up joint scientific research programmes with Chinese universities, securing funding from international companies, sponsoring students to study abroad and finding platforms for the application of developing technologies, we’ve enabled long-lasting and positive collaborations to take place. Our partnership with GuangDong University allows us to respond to invitations for joint initiatives in the country and develop our global reach.


We’re bringing Birmingham and India closer together to deliver impactful research, create innovative education initiatives and grow commercial partnerships. From vital cancer research to knowledge transfer on the future of clean-cold technologies, we’re empowering leading academic, industrial and government partners in India to influence policy and tackle global issues.

The recently launched India Institute is a supportive network for academics, research councils, institutions, government offices, commercial partners and all those interested in building transnational education partnerships with India. The primary objective of the Institute is to provide an overarching framework for the University’s links with India, and to be the focal point of the Birmingham-India relationship. It aims to increase the visibility, impact and coherence of the University’s engagement in the country.