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Global engagement

Throughout the University, we are collaborating across disciplines and with outside agencies and institutions on projects of world significance.

We are globally connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally.

We are ranked 4th in the world for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024) and are in the top 150 in the world for research quality (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024).

Long standing partnerships in China

Our educational partnerships help the next generation of students become world-class global scholars and our research partnerships strive to help build a better global society.  Our collaborations include:

  • A joint College was established by Queen’s University Belfast in partnership with China Medical University (CMU) in Shenyang in 2014.  Find out more.
  • Queen’s and Southeast University lead the UK-China University Consortium on Engineering Education and Research – the first of its kind to bring together 15 top class universities, six in the UK and nine in China. 
  • Twenty years of partnership with Shenzhen University – over 700 students have graduated from Queen’s University Belfast through its Shenzhen Joint Foundation Programme. Find out more.
  • Leading one of the largest food-safety projects across Europe and China, EU-China-Safe to tackle food fraud.
  • Queen’s and Beijing Institute of Technology delivered the first Future Engineers’ Leadership and Innovation Academy to 26 PhD students from 13 highly ranked universities across the UK and China.

Our links with China

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We have long enjoyed relationships with India's top businesses and universities.

We've worked together on matters of education, research and business, allowing the development of new collaborations that will mutually benefit both India and Northern Ireland.

  • Queen's has signed a MoU with Tezpur University in Assam to jointly supervise doctoral programmes. The agreement will enable scholars from Tezpur University to commence PhD study at Queen's and offers opportunities for student and staff exchange for the purposes of study, research and teaching.
  • Queen’s is among a select group of top-ranked institutions invited to partner with Infosys on their InStep Global Internship Program. Infosys, a global leader in technology and consulting services, is a corporate member of the University’s Centre for Secure Information Technologies.
  • Queen’s led the first ever study into the impact of the built environment on levels of exercise and physical activity among people in India.
  • Exchange partnership with Manipal University.

Our links with India

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An esteemed history of collaboration

Queen's University has enjoyed successful collaborations in the Middle East for many years with some of the regions top universities and organisations.

  • We have a partnership to develop the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dubai. Find out more.
  • We have established strong ties with 12 partner universities in Jordan over the past two decades.
  • We are working in Kenya to reduce global crop loss in the developing world.
  • We are working to improve child growth outcomes in Africa in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • We are developing drug delivery devices to prevent HIV transmission in sub-Saharan Africa.

Our links with the Middle East and Africa

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Here are some of our important areas of collaboration:

  • Providing safer energy though mercury-free natural gas through Queen’s partnership with Malaysian oil and gas giant Petronas.
  • The development of a robust wireless communications system, which can battle through an earthquake, tsunami or hurricane and provides early warning of natural disasters.
  • Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) sponsors postgraduate studies at Queen’s.
  • Queen’s welcomes PhD students through the Vietnam International Education Development (VIED).
  • Ongoing Newton funded research collaboration with Universitas Malaya, Malaysia, in PACED initiative (Promoting Awareness of Cancer and Early Detection).
  • Strong links with both business and academic institutes in Malaysia: Petronas, Brickfields, University of Malaya and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

FEATURE:  Queen's and Brickfields: A Partnership in Excellence

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Strong ties with leading educational institutions

Queen's is a member of the prestigious Russell Group as well as having ties with several top universities in the UK and Ireland, including Trinity College, University College Dublin, Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin.

Partnering with world-leading universities
  • We have partnerships with Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California at Berkley, Stanford University, University of Michigan, Boston College and Vanderbilt.
  • Queen’s is an active participant in the Nashville-Belfast Sister Cities connection and has growing links with Nashville partner universities, Vanderbilt University and Belmont University. Read more about these links.
  • We are tackling diabetes-related blindness with collaborators at the University of Utah and Dublin City University.
  • We are co-ordinating the UK’s input into the world’s largest solar telescope with the US National Solar Observatory in Hawaii.
  • Our partnership with UMass Lowell facilitates collaboration on education research, issues relating to gender equality and exchange programmes for students.
  • Almost £23m research funding has been secured since 2012 for collaborative research projects in the USA.
  • We're working on understanding how the built environment can promote healthy urban living in Brazil.
  • We have links to some of Brazil's top universities, including: University of São Paulo, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais.
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Global Challenges Debates

The Queen’s University Belfast Global Challenges Debates bring together some of the world’s leading academic thinkers, to discuss innovative ideas about major global phenomena. They provide an opportunity for students, staff and the wider public to engage with exciting research, and to reflect together on some of the world’s most pressing challenges in the twenty-first century.

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