International Partnerships

UNSW collaborates with the best universities and partners with the world’s leading funding agencies and corporations.

  • Our international research partners are extensive and diverse and include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, European Commission, US National Institutes of Health, US Army, Baosteel Corporation (China), Oli and Natural Gas Corporation (India) and PT SOHO Global Health (Indonesia).

  • Our global university collaborators undertaking joint funded research projects include the University of British Colombia, Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, Stanford University, Yale University, City University of Hong Kong, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Pusan National University, Nanyang Technological University, and Imperial College of Science and Technology.

  • UNSW received more than $100M in international research funding from 2011 - 2015 for projects in areas of research strength including biomedical engineering, photovoltaics, quantum computing, new materials and social policy.

  • Each year UNSW researchers co-author over 1,500 journal articles and conference proceedings with collaborators from international universities, predominantly from our Faculties of Science, Engineering and Medicine. This represents 25% of our total publications.

  • The Torch Innovation Precinct at UNSW is an unprecedented partnership between UNSW and the Chinese government and leading Chinese businesses. Torch at UNSW will bring together industry, SMEs, entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers from Australia, China and beyond to deliver a major boost in research and development funding for Australian research. To find out more about how to get involved visit Torch at UNSW .

Please see below for information on how we can assist UNSW researchers and partners in developing and fostering successful and productive international research relationships and collaborations.

Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and Joint PhDs

Since 2010, UNSW has signed over 130 Research Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with international partners from Europe, the Americas, China and other parts of Asia. MoUs between UNSW and selected partner universities are entered into as a formal mechanism to signal a genuine commitment to a mutually beneficial partnership, one that brings clear benefits to staff and students, and shows clear alignment with UNSW strategic priorities and research strengths.  Find out more about:

International Networks

UNSW is recognised as one of the world’s top science and technology universities by its membership within prestigious international networks. These networks, including the following, enable engagement with the best international research practice, current international research issues, and shared research initiatives:

  • GlobalTech - UNSW is the only Australian university in the Global Alliance of Technological Universities. 

  • PLuS Alliance - global partnership between UNSW, Arizona State University and King’s College London

UNSW International Research Roadshows

A range of International Research Roadshows are offered to enable UNSW researchers to travel to priority countries including China, Indonesia and India and make new connections or strengthen existing relationships which will lead to collaborative research partnerships in the future.

International Grant Applications

The RSO can provide strategic support in advising on opportunities and proposals for targeted international grant applications.

For more information please email

International Research Delegations

UNSW welcomes many esteemed international delegations who visit our campus each year to explore or strengthen research partnership and collaboration opportunities with UNSW.

Visits are coordinated by the Division of External Relations. Please click here to organise your visit.

Study Abroad Research Practicum - short-term research student visits to UNSW

The Study Abroad Research Practicum program, managed by the Division of External Relations, is designed for students from both partner and non-partner institutions to undertake short term research visits at UNSW. Tuition fees are payable directly to UNSW. For more information visit the Study Abroad website.

Contact us

To learn more about international partnership and funding opportunities please email: