Our Global Engagement Identity
UEA's identity as a world-leading university is founded upon the international scale and relevance of its research. Its research culture evolved from a heritage of interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches, which adapt to face contemporary and global issues. Through our commitment to equitable and sustainable partnerships, we aspire to deliver opportunities and solutions for a changing world. We are committed to developing and promoting forms of research cooperation that bring people, disciplines, ideas, subject-areas, and stakeholders together in a meaningful and inspiring way.
Our students need the skills to succeed in a competitive global environment and UEA provides a range of opportunities to engage with global issues in the classroom and through symposiums, lectures and workshops. Our students study and work abroad, and we have exchange partnerships with over 200 universities around the world. We fully support the Universities UK International ambition to increase the UK's outbound student mobility.
Over 15,000 students are welcomed to our campus each year from over 130 different countries, facilitating a rich and culturally diverse campus environment and the opportunity for students to develop cross-border, life-long relationships. We are a 'University of Sanctuary', offering scholarships and short courses for refugees settling in Norfolk. We also provide outreach programmes across the globe, taking UK higher education to schools. Our on-campus international students are involved in local outreach programmes through volunteering schemes and initiatives such as 'Global Voices', whereby students visit Norfolk school children. We are also delighted to be engaged in the UK-Ukraine twinning project, initiated by Universities UK International in 2022, which sees academics from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (PNU) in Ukraine join forces to research, amongst other things, the effects of warfare on water and soil – a legacy of warfare which is often overlooked. Find out more about this important initiative:
In all areas of our activity, there is a need to better understand and promote our place in the world, and UEA's programme of global engagement prioritises this. Our active Dialogue Groups focus on five specific regional areas, and we have partnerships in these regions, which deliver joint taught programmes and PhDs, student and staff mobility, research, and summer programmes. Through our extensive programme of international development, the work of the Norwich Research Park, the Sainsbury Centre, and an extensive network of research and consultancy links, UEA is active in many parts of the globe. If you are interested in opportunities to partner with UEA, please contact us.
Our Engagement with the Aurora European Universities Alliance
UEA is one of the founding members of the Aurora European Universities Network, established in 2016 to develop on key themes and common interests with enough enthusiasm at the grass root level to learn with and from each other. The strength lies in the quality and relevance of its projects.