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Partner Profile: UGPN

The University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) sets out to create a foundation for international collaboration enabling academics, researchers, staff and students to work together on issues of global importance. Currently, the UGPN includes four partner universities: North Carolina State University (USA), the Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil), the University of Surrey (UK) and the University of Wollongong (Australia). The network expands our collective reach and provides a unique platform for multilateral engagement.

UGPN partners have student mobility programs enabling undergraduate and postgraduate students to take academic exchanges in subjects ranging from maths, physics, chemical engineering, politics, business, sociology and film studies. Undergraduate students are able to take advantage of placement opportunities at UGPN partners, providing a unique opportunity to work in a laboratory environment, enhancing their research skills in their given subject. Graduate students can also participate in research exchanges at UGPN partner universities.

Fostering collaborative research between UGPN partner universities is an important priority for the network and is achieved by facilitating faculty and research connections at international meetings, seminars and workshops as well as providing seed funds to launch new research projects. The UGPN Research Collaboration Fund (RCF) is a joint initiative in which all four UGPN partners participate that supports high-quality research collaboration tackling key global issues. The RCF has been an integral part of the network since its inception in 2011. The fund has supported a number of bilateral, trilateral and quadrilateral projects. Providing starter funds of up to $10,000 per partner, per project, has allowed new research interactions to begin. It also enables researchers, students and staff to move between the institutions with project outcomes including publications and extramural funding to carry forward new dimensions of collaboration.

Learn more about the UGPN and opportunities to get involved.