Four leading universities united in delivering worldclass research and education

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.

North Carolina State is a powerhouse in science, technology, engineering and math. We lead in agriculture, education, textiles, business and natural resources management. We’re at the forefront of teaching and research in design, the humanities and the social sciences. And we’re home to one of the world’s best colleges of veterinary medicine.

Our more than 35,000 undergraduate and graduate students learn by doing. They pursue original research and start new companies. They forge connections with top employers and serve communities local and global. Our 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. Together, they create powerful partnerships with government, industry, nonprofits and academia to remake our world for the better.

NC State is leading efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, develop a smart electric grid, create self-powered health monitors, help farmers confront climate change and build a new American manufacturing sector. Our award-winning Centennial Campus is home to more than 70 public and private partners — as well as the innovative Hunt Library, which Time magazine has dubbed “the library of the future.”

More than 125 years after its creation, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day, our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning and discovery available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

Key contact

Sarah Olson (Director of Global Partnerships)

Students walking by the Centennial Campus at NC State

Centennial Campus

Named the nation’s top research park in 2007, NC State’s Centennial Campus is a nexus of collaboration among students, faculty, researchers, and corporate, governmental, and institutional partners. More than 70 public and private partners call Centennial Campus home.

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NC State Hunt Library view from upper level

Hunt Library

The Hunt Library is the 21st-century face of NC State. This is the “library of the future,” known for its innovative use of technology, its ability to create inspiring learning and research spaces, the strengths of its collections, and its role in developing the next generations of librarians, scholars, and innovators.

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NC State University non wovens facility

The Nonwovens Institute

The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) is the world’s first accredited academic program for the interdisciplinary field of engineered fabrics. Based at the Centennial Campus of NC State University in Raleigh, the NWI is an innovative global partnership between industry, government and academe.

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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 approximately 90,000 students, 13,000 administrative and support staff, 6,000 professors and 7 campuses located in the State of São Paulo.

USP offers undergraduate courses in all fields of knowledge and graduate programs in the Exact, Human and Biological Sciences.

USP has Institutes and Schools in all fields of knowledge, hospitals, physical and digital libraries and centers and institutes specialized in advanced research, which complete the scientific development promoted by the University.

USP`s 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 sport activities.

Introductory image credit: Marcos Santos

Key contact

Daniel Barcelos (International Relations Assistant)


USP International Cooperation Office develops and implements policies that promote the internationalization of the institution. USP International Cooperation Office seeks to: Establish cooperation strategies between USP and its international partners; Foster international academic cooperation; Select, organize and disseminate information about programs and initiatives concerned with academic cooperation.

Bioscience researcher checking test tubes

Institute of Biosciences

Besides the main campus and some additional schools spread over the city of São Paulo, other campuses are located in 7 cities of the State of São Paulo. Given the various fields of interest covered, it is possible for a student to choose in which campus to study or research.

Researcher checking formula mixture

University Hospital

The university has an active role in disseminating science, culture and quality health care for citizens across the country. Strongly integrated with the local community, USP runs several hospitals, museums and public services that benefit the population.

University of Surrey

Set within a beautiful and vibrant campus, just 34 minutes from central London, the University of Surrey is a research-intensive university providing exceptional teaching and practical learning in order to inspire and empower over 16,000 students, 37 per cent of which are international, for personal and professional success.

In 2017, we were awarded ‘Gold’ in the UK’s Teaching Excellence Framework, showing that our University’s consistently outstanding teaching is of the highest quality in the UK.

We are one of the UK’s strongest professional, scientific and technological universities, which, through world class research and innovation, delivers transformational impact on society and helps shape the future digital economy through agile collaboration and partnership with businesses, governments and communities.

Notable research areas
We are a research-led university, and we conduct excellent research. We answer global challenges, advance innovation and create real-world impact. We have an excellent reputation in health, medicine, space, the environment and in mobile communications. To support our research priorities, we’re looking for ambitious and truly talented researchers to join us on our journey.

  • Our Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing is an internationally recognised leader in audio-visual machine perception research.
  • Working with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, we have recently launched the RemoveDEBRIS project, researching active ways to clear up space debris.
  • The QS World University Rankings 2018 ranked our School of Hospitality and Tourism 4th in the world. The school has a particular focus on sustainable tourism.
  • The Surrey Sleep Research Centre is home to forward-thinking multidisciplinary approaches to pre-clinical and clinical sleep research, using a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment to monitor, record and analyse sleep patterns and sleep disorders.
  • In 2015, our world-class 5G Innovation Centre was opened to pioneer the next generation of wireless telecommunication technologies.
  • In 2015, we opened our vet school, one of only eight in the UK featuring exceptional clinical skills facilities and one of the best veterinary pathology centres in Europe.

Key contact

Tom Windle (Head of International Partnerships)

5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey

5G Innovation Centre

Our Centre brings together leading academics and key industry partners in a shared vision to help define and develop the 5G infrastructure that will underpin the way we communicate, work and live our everyday lives in the future.

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Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP)

Creating machines that can see and hear to understand the world around them. Our Centre is an internationally recognised leader in audio-visual machine perception research. With a diverse community of more than 150 researchers, we are one of the largest audio and vision research groups in the UK. Research in the Centre has led to award-winning spin-out companies in the biometric, communication, medical and creative industries.

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The Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE)

Launched in June 2017, GCARE brings together the expertise of academic colleagues across the UGPN, as well as researchers from other world-leading institutions, and industry partners to create a multidisciplinary research centre based at the University of Surrey.

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University of Wollongong

In the University of Wollongong’s 60-year history, it has built an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality. We’re ranked in the top 250 universities in the world and we’re aiming higher every day.

UOW has a strong international focus and reputation, with close to 6,000 international students studying across its Australian campuses each year and a global network of campuses. UOW Dubai celebrated 25 years of academic excellence in 2018 and is one of the United Arab Emirates’ oldest and most prestigious universities. Continuing its global expansion, UOW established UOW College Hong Kong (formerly Community College of City University) in 2017 and in 2018 acquired the university colleges of Malaysian private education provider KDU, establishing University of Wollongong Malaysia.

In a world facing complex social, environmental and economic challenges, UOW is driven to generate outstanding research and forge strong partnerships with government, industry and communities to make a real and lasting impact.

UOW’s other research institutes include Early Start Research Institute (ESRI), Smart Infrastructure Research Facility (SMART), Australian Research Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) and the Australian National Centre for Ocean Research & Security (ANCORS).

Key contact

Dr Thomas Griffiths (Manager, Major Research Initiatives)

+61 42215091

Molecular and Life Sciences facility

Molecular and Life Sciences facility

UOW’s new $80 million Molecular and Life Sciences Facility is currently under construction on the Wollongong campus and is due for completion in 2019. Molecular Horizons will provide scientists with world-leading technologies to help uncover ways of detecting and attacking disease. With these technologies, there is potential for researchers to create personalised medicine to treat cancer and reverse Alzheimer’s disease.

UOW Health and Wellbeing Precinct

UOW Health and Wellbeing Precinct

In 2020 construction is due to commence on UOW’s Health and Wellbeing Precinct – featuring Australia’s first primary and community health clinic, offering truly integrated, patient-centred healthcare, aged care and retirement living facilities and research and teaching programs.

Innovation Campus

The University’s Innovation Campus gives innovative companies and organisations the opportunity to locate alongside, and collaborate with, its leading research institutes, including:

  • Australian Institute of Innovative Materials (AIIM)
  • Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC)
  • iAccelerate Centre, an innovation accelerator housing over 280 start-up entrepreneurs.