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University partners

Collaborating on world-class research

Our partnerships with other universities and networks help make Sydney a truly global university. Collaboration increases the quality of our research, improves teaching and learning, and sparks innovation.

Our international partnerships are dynamic and research-led. They provide funding for multidisciplinary research projects that tackle the global challenges of the 21st century.

Likewise, our networks and strategic partnerships across the world provide invaluable international opportunities for our staff and students, and ensure that we remain at the forefront of transnational research exchanges.

Read about our current university partners and networks below.

Our partners

University of Hong Kong

In 2016 the University of Sydney and the University of Hong Kong (HKU) signed a high-level agreement to support collaboration in research, teaching and learning, and knowledge exchange.

We have been an active partner with HKU for many years. More than 350 joint research papers have been published since 2011 on key areas including electrical engineering, pharmacy, sustainability, and urban planning.


India Institute of Technology Madras

We signed a landmark research agreement with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) in December 2015. The five-year agreement worth $500,000 will help develop medical interventions using modern engineering approaches to address health and medical issues. It will also allow PhD students from the University of Sydney and IIT Madras greater mobility between Australia and India.

The multidisciplinary initiative will involve the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, the Faculty of Health Sciences, Sydney Medical School, Sydney Nursing School, the Charles Perkins Centre and the George Institute for Global Health.

Read about more research partnerships in India here.


Yonsei University

The University of Sydney and Yonsei University provide joint funding to support collaborative research projects and teaching and learning initiatives.

Three projects per year from any discipline are selected on a competitive basis, with up to $20,000 in funding available per project.


Shanghai Jiao Tong University

We have partnered with Shanghai Jiao Tong University on a project which draws together their expertise in biomedical engineering. Both universities have invested $1 million in the alliance, to promote joint research, information exchange and academic mobility.

Research collaborators from the University of Sydney include the Faculty of Engineering and Information TechnologiesSydney Medical School and the Charles Perkins Centre. Those from SJTU include the School of Biomedical Engineering, the School of Medicine and the Translational Medicine Research Centre.

Sydney Medical School has also been working closely with Shanghai Jiao Tong to provide intensive training courses for Chinese students since 2013.


Tsinghua University

The University of Sydney partnered with Tsinghua University in 2014, forging a research alliance focusing on energy networks.

Joint research is taking place into power and energy engineering systems, and the economic and regulatory environments for future energy networks. Investment and business development opportunities are also being explored.

Harvard University

The University of Sydney and Harvard University have entered into an agreement which will enable University of Sydney PhD students and academic staff to visit and conduct research at Harvard. Funding is being provided to develop high-impact research and educational themes with staff and students at Harvard.

University of California, Davis

The University of Sydney and UC Davis signed a high-level partnership agreement in February 2017 to promote research collaborations and academic exchange. A joint seed funding program has been launched to encourage further research collaborations in all disciplines. Five projects will be funded biannually.

The two universities have active collaborations in veterinary science, agriculture, medicine and medical microbiology.

In September 2016 academics from both universities attended a research workshop focussed on health, agriculture and the environment.

São Paulo State Research Foundation

Our priority partnership with São Paulo State Research Agency provides joint funding to our local researchers and higher education institutions in Brazil.

We support up to five projects every year. Previous projects have mostly been in the field of health science, including the relationship between obesity, physical activity and lower back pain.

University of Copenhagen

A partnership agreement with the University of Copenhagen was signed in June 2017, under which both universities will provide up to $100,000 in funding for three years to support joint research and other collaborative projects.

These include international consortiums, joint coursework units, multi-lateral partnerships, conferences and workshops, staff mobility, student exchange, information exchange, research seminars and innovation centres.

Inserm Doctoral Research Exchange

Our partnership with Inserm, a public scientific and technology research institute, offers doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers an opportunity to collaborate on a short-term research project that fosters scientific cooperation.

Two candidates from Sydney are selected every year.


University of Edinburgh
Our partnership agreement with the University of Edinburgh, signed in March 2017, provides joint funding to support collaborative research projects. Five projects will be funded in 2017.


University of Glasgow
An agreement with the University of Glasgow was signed in October 2016 which will provide mobility funding for early career researchers. Successful applicants from the first round of funding will receive up to $5000 to visit or conduct research at Glasgow.


University of Geneva
Funding of up to $40,000 is available for joint research projects between the University of Sydney and the University of Geneva. Four projects will be selected for funding in 2017, with encouragement given to multidisciplinary research.


Utrecht University
Two new partnership agreements were signed with Utrecht University in April 2017. Both universities have agreed to contribute $100,000 per year for three years to support a joint funding program that will grow research links across a variety of academic fields. The second "super exchange" agreement aims to boost the number of exchange students between the two universities. The five-year agreement could eventually see up to 100 students from Sydney studying in Utrecht each year, with a similar number of Dutch students travelling to Sydney.

Our networks

As one of 20 institutional members of the WUN, we have the opportunity to welcome researchers from all over the world through the Research Mobility Program.

We also support our local researchers tackling global issues by encouraging submissions to the competitive Research Development Fund each year.

We foster transnational cooperation in education, research and enterprise through our membership with APRU: a global alliance of universities in the Asia-Pacific region. APRU has strengthened bonds between more than 45 higher education and research institutions in 17 economies.

In 2006, we launched a symposium on brain and mind research that was met with such enthusiasm APRU members have committed to reconvening every year until 2018. The symposium series brings together researchers and clinicians at the top of their field to share knowledge and understand new areas of neuroscience.

We are proud to be a knowledge partner of the OECD, an organisation committed to promoting policies that will improve economic and social wellbeing around the world.

Our subject matter experts participate in annual OECD forums and research fellowships, connecting our academic community with researchers and key policy and decision makers.