Core partners

The core partners of the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) are:

North Carolina State University - NCSU

North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University is a comprehensive research university dedicated to excellence in teaching, the creation and application of knowledge, and engagement with public and private partners.

NC State uses its traditional strengths in science and technology and commitment to quality in a wide range of disciplines to solve problems and transform lives.
Researchers across the university are deeply engaged in making new, application-driven discoveries, from the world’s first synthetic aorta to statistical software development and modeling, from non-woven materials and nanotechnology to clean energy and biofuels.

A national model for university research campuses in the United States, NC State's Centennial Campus is home to more than 130 corporate and government research partners, as well as incubator companies and NC State University research units.

NC State consistently ranks among the top 10 "Best Overall Public University Value" by Princeton Review, US News and Kiplinger’s - a ranking that combines academic quality and affordability - while ranking 7th in industry-sponsored research expenditures among all U.S. public universities without medical schools.

University of Sao Paulo

The University of São Paulo

The University of São Paulo (USP) is the largest institution dedicated to higher education and research in Brazil.

Founded in 1934, USP is a public university, with more than 88,000 students, 16,000 administrative and support staff, 5,800 professors and seven campuses located in the State of São Paulo.

USP offers 240 undergraduate courses in all fields of knowledge and more than 240 Graduate programs in the Exact, Human and Biological Sciences.

USP has 56 university divisions: 42 Institutes and Schools, four hospitals, more than 40 libraries and six centers and institutes specialized in advanced research, which complete the scientific development promoted by the University.

USP’s four museums are open for public visitation and offer artistic, historical and scientific exhibits. USP has many events and locations specially designed to accommodate its cultural and sports activities.

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University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is one of the UK's leading professional, scientific and technological universities with a world class research profile and a reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

Ground-breaking research at the University is bringing direct benefit to all spheres of life - helping industry to maintain its competitive edge and creating improvements in the areas of health, medicine, space science, the environment, communications, defence and social policy.

Programmes in science and technology have gained widespread recognition and it also boasts flourishing programmes in dance and music, social sciences, management and languages and law. In addition to the campus on 150 hectares just outside Guildford, Surrey, the University also owns and runs the Surrey Research Park, which provides facilities for 140 companies employing 2,700 staff.

The Sunday Times names Surrey as 'The University for Jobs' which underlines the University's growing reputation for providing high quality, relevant degrees.

The University of Wollongong

In less than 40 years the University of Wollongong (UOW) has become a benchmark for Australia’s new generation of universities. It has built a reputation as enterprising institution with a multi-disciplinary approach to research, underpinned by strong industry partnerships and personalised style. 

Originally established as a provider of technical education for engineers and metallurgists required for the region's steel industry, the University now offers a wide range of courses across four campuses (including its overseas campus in Dubai) and five access centers. A comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses are taught within five faculties including the Faculty of Business, the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts. In addition to these areas of study, the University also provides access for students to differing levels of academic involvement and research through the SMART (Simulation, Modelling, Analysis, Research, Teaching) Infrastructure Facility. 

The University was awarded first place in the Australian Good Universities Guide 2013 for Educational Experience and Graduate Outcomes, and ranked 9th in the Excellence in Research for Australia Rankings 2012. UOW is globally ranked in the top two per cent of universities in the world and routinely rates among the top Australian universities in key areas including teaching quality, graduate satisfaction and graduate starting salaries.

Additional partnership relationships

There are additional partnership relationships with:

Banco Santander

Santander is a collaborative partner for the UGPN through the Santander Universities network.

Banco Santander, one of the largest banks in the world, created the 'Santander Universities Global Division' in 1996 to support the Higher Education sector in areas such as teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student mobility and innovation.

Santander Universities Global Division has signed co-operation agreements with 945 universities in 15 countries in 3 continents.

‘Santander Universities’ was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank is already collaborating with 47 British universities and Higher Education Institutions, with agreements focused on promoting international exchange, entrepreneurial activities and the mobility of students and researchers within the network.

‘Santander Universities’ initiatives include:

  • the granting of over 14,200 scholarships a year to promote study, research and initial professional work experience and bursaries to facilitate student and staff mobility between universities in the network
  • 9,847 mobility grants
  • the issue of 4.7 million Santander “Smart Cards” in 227 universities

For Santander, investing in education is the most powerful means of promoting the development and prosperity of society.