Map of the world with lines criss crossing the globe over Australia and the Indian Ocean

Facts & figures

Our partnerships at a glance

  • University partners across North America, Europe and Asia
  • $7.7 million+ awarded in research funding
  • 432+ projects supported since 2016

University partnerships

Collaborating on world-class research
Our partnerships with other universities and networks open up global opportunities for students and staff. Collaboration increases the quality of our research, improves teaching and learning, and sparks innovation.

Our closest strategic partnerships are dynamic and research led. They provide funding for multidisciplinary research and teaching projects that address the global challenges of the 21st century.

Likewise, our participation in international networks connects us to like-minded universities around the world and ensures that we remain at the forefront of transnational research exchanges.

Student exchange takes place with many of our partners, and in some cases we have established Super Exchange Agreements to facilitate the exchange of up to 100 students from each institution annually.

Read about our current university partners and networks below.

Our regions across the globe

Our networks

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is a network of 60 leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia. It brings together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

APRU leverages collective education and research capabilities of its members into the international public policy process. In the post-pandemic era, the strategic priorities focus on:

1. providing a neutral platform for high-level policy dialogue,

2. taking actions on climate change, and

3. supporting diversity, inclusion, and minorities.

APRU’s primary activities support these strategic priorities with a focus on key areas such as disaster risk reduction, women in leadership, indigenous knowledge, e-sports, population aging, global health, sustainable cities, artificial intelligence, waste management, biodiversity and more.

Researchers can get involved in one of the Pacific Rim Challenge Working Groups. Students can participate in the undergraduate leaders’ program, virtual student exchange and esports programs.

For more information on how to get involved please contact Kirk Doyle

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation that works to build better policies for better lives. Their goal is to shape policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all. They draw on almost 60 years of experience and insights to better prepare the world of tomorrow. The OECD has 51 member countries. 

There is an engagement forum in which the university participates as a knowledge partner. The University pays a sponsorship contribution on an annual basis for participation in fora and contribution of Op-eds to the Forum Network. 

The Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation (AFRAN) aims to actively promote the development of cooperation between France and Australia in the areas of research and innovation.

The Association’s goals are to provide Australian and French researchers, R&D managers, industry players, innovators and policy makers with frameworks to enable collaboration, cooperation, innovation and transformative thinking beyond the capability of individuals. AFRAN provides tools to initiate and grow bilateral research collaboration and bilateral innovation with global impact. It organises networking events and conferences. It also coordinates a network of experts and acts as a think tank for innovation to support research and technology communities as well as industry.

For more details, please contact Matthew Louie, AFRAN NSW Hub Leader.

Universitas 21 (U21) is a unique global network that brings together 28 world-leading, research-intensive universities who share a common belief in the value of collaboration and internationalisation. From Belgium to Chile, South Korea to South Africa, our member-led initiatives and programmes are designed to benefit staff, students and member institutions, through sharing resources, learning together and co-designing solutions to our common challenges. Our dynamic approach has helped nurture a global network of over 1 million students and 200,000 staff, inspiring institutional innovation for over 20 years.

U21 offers institutional members opportunities to get involved through its various programs for peer to peer learning, student mobility opportunities, student showcases, graduate collaborative research awards and funding, ECR networks and Communities of Practice. 

U21 Peer Group meetings facilitate the sharing of ideas, experience, strategic initiatives and resources. They enable U21 colleagues, working in similar roles across the globe, to collaborate on solutions for shared challenges for the benefit of all member institutions.   

If you would like to get involved in one of the activities please contact Kirk Doyle

The Australian Global Health Alliance is an innovative and trusted Alliance of member organisations based in Australia, which drives change through specialist advice and expertise; influence and advocacy; connections and networking; and, collaboration and investment.

It aims to advance health equity and health security through sustainable development in our region.

For further information on how to get involved please contact Danielle Somers, Associate Director, Office of Global Health or Kirk Doyle, Manager, Global Partnerships and Networks

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is a network dedicated to building a better world through higher education. ACU has over 500 member universities in 50 countries across the Commonwealth. 66% of its members are in low and middle income countries, and 5% are in small states.

The network covers over 10 million students and more than 1 million academic and professional staff.  The network offers its members opportunities to engage around global challenges, offers fellowships and early career researcher grants. ACU provides opportunities for students to engage through its different fora and summer schools. 

For further information on how to get involved please contact Kirk Doyle

The IRN-FACES is a collaborative research network on energy materials and integrated systems composed of eight CNRS French laboratories, accompanied by their supporting universities, and five Australian Universities; the University of Sydney, UNSW, Deakin, Flinders and University of South Australia

The scientific topics of the network focus on electrochemical energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors) and the entire hydrogen energy chain (hydrogen production, storage and conversion). It targets maritime-related applications: ship propulsion and off-grid energy systems adapted to islands, coastal areas and remote isolated regions. The activities of the IRN-FACES started in January 2020.

Professor Francois Aguey-Zinsou, School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science is one of the Network coordinators. If you are interested in joining, please contact Francois

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