In keeping with our ambitions as a leading international technological university, we are committed to enhancing the international competitiveness of our research by focusing on innovative approaches to connect high-quality research to outcomes that have impact in contemporary global society and industry. We are committed to working with leading universities and businesses around the globe to tackle the major research challenges of the 21st century.
With more than 200 collaborative agreements with institutions in over 50 countries – and an estimated 2000 informal links around the world – the University makes major contributions in Scotland, in the UK and internationally.
Our academic staff collaborate with a wide range of leading universities including Stanford, MIT, and Georgia Institute of Technology in the USA, the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and Universities in China including Tianjin, Tsinghua and Shanghai Jiao Tong.
As a leading international technological university, Strathclyde has a growing portfolio of international research contracts. These include three European Research Council grants awarded to scientists in 2011, worth approximately £3.85 million, to support improvements in the fields of medicine, energy, the environment and physics.
Global Industry-Academia Cooperation Programme
The University was selected as the exclusive European partner university for South Korea’s global research and commercialisation programme after a competitive process. The Global Industry-Academia Cooperation Programme, funded by the Ministry of Knowledge and Economics, is enabling Strathclyde academics to work with technology companies in South Korea, providing leading-edge research and creating business opportunities in areas including health, electrics and electronics and new materials. The partnership follows the establishment of the Georgia Institute of Technology as Korea’s sole university partner in the USA.
- Securing the active involvement of our industrial partners in major institutional initiatives, levering funding and ensuring our research activity is influenced by an understanding of industry needs. The majority of our major industrial sponsors are global corporations and through their networks, we are strengthening our research partnerships with globally-leading universities.
- Building high-value, strategic, academic partnerships in North America, Asia and Europe and establishing funded collaborations on activities that are relevant to our respective and complementary academic missions. These collaborations will address ‘grand challenge’ questions of global significance in areas including Smart Grid, sustainable energy, drug discovery, health technologies, law and public policy, economics and regulation, industrial strategy and the digital economy.
Every Faculty at Strathclyde has international representation in its staff, reflecting our global outlook and aims. We seek to recruit the best, most imaginative and forward-thinking academics and researchers, regardless of nation- together with our homegrown staff, their combined talents help to create the rich, diverse pool of knowledge and expertise which is the most valuable resource in our quest for practical solutions to major challenges in fields such as health, the environment, business growth and policy-making.
Our staff are also actively encouraged to share and expand their knowledge and often do so through collaboration with international research partners. Recent groundbreaking Strathclyde-led research has been conducted with partners in countries including the USA, Cuba, Portugal and Australia.
Strathclyde’s international status enables the University to attract students from around the world, who recognise the quality of the education and research they can benefit from. They are trained to the high standards required for their prospective careers by highly proficient lecturers whose teaching is informed by the most advanced and influential of research- and have extensive placement and scholarship opportunities with Strathclyde’s many business partners, to gain the professional experience which employers will expect.
Strathclyde education is available internationally through a broad range of distance learning opportunities and the University’s internationally-renowned Business School has established bases around the world, with MBA centres in nine countries in Europe and Asia.
We already lead, or are a partner in, 12 Centres for Doctoral Training for themes in science, social sciences, engineering and technology and we are currently engaged in the RCUK (Research Councils UK) consultation on the next thematic areas for CDT investment. This approach will support our strategy to enhance the researcher experience, attracting greater international collaboration in a high-quality environment.
We work with Georgia Institute of Technology to transfer the learning advancements developed by them in their Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) programme by creating similar projects at Strathclyde. We are developing international interactions between VIP teams at Strathclyde and those at Georgia Tech through student exchanges, closer co-operation between academic staff leading projects and the development of collaborations in technical and education research.
Strathclyde students have the chance to engage in international development work through Vertically Integrated Projects, fieldwork or voluntary placements.
We support a range of practical and research projects that are making a difference to the poorest communities in the world. Key project themes are Water, Energy, Education and Health.
Over 140 staff from 30 academic departments belong to the International Development Network. Global challenges demand multi-disciplinary responses and the network allows researchers to work together across all departments. Strathclyde staff, students and alumni give financial and practical support to projects and communities in the Global South. The Alumni Fund supports student placements and the Malawi Millenium Project has given books and equipment to many partner organisations in Malawi.