Connecting globally

We are continuing our tradition of world-changing scholarship by working in partnership with others across the globe.

illustration showing globe and connections to Glasgow

The University has often been the starting point for significant journeys of discovery and collaboration. For over five centuries we’ve inspired people who have gone on to shape other great educational institutions around the world: and we maintain strong relationships with many of them to this day. 

Through our strategic university partnerships, research collaborations, joint degrees, and student exchange and study abroad programmes we are creating the opportunity for the sharing of knowledge and new ways for learning. 

Strategic partnerships with the Universities of Columbia, Hong Kong and McGill bring our inspiring people together, while unique partnerships with the Singapore Institute of Technology, Nankai University and the University of Engineering, Science & Technology, Chengdu (UESTC) mean that we continue to extend our global footprint through innovative transnational education.

We currently have 275 study abroad and exchange partners in 41 countries. Our students are more internationally mobile than ever before, while we work hard to internationalise the experience of gaining a Glasgow degree for all of our students. 

We are proud to be founding members of the university networks Universitas 21 and The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities, which are growing our international reputation and reach and providing a platform for engaging in new collaborations and influencing sector-wide policy. 

In the past 12 months we have invested heavily to help new international partnerships to flourish, and in 2016 the Times Higher Education World University Rankings placed the University 75th in the world for international outlook as a result of the proportion of international staff and students, and research papers published with at least one co-author from another country. 

The best institutions in the world are those that are deemed truly global, and we are proud to be one of them. Expect more inspiring discoveries and innovations as we continue to expand our international connections and impact. 

  • 36,000 alumni are living in 173 countries outside of the uk
  • OVER 900 degrees awarded to students at the University of Glasgow Singapore, our first subsidiary outside of scotland
  • 26,000 students from 140 countries
  • OVER 600 students in China studying joint degrees with NANKAI University and UESTC