Partnerships with Europe
Even before the establishment of the University in 1832, Durham’s scholastic tradition featured strong ties to the continent. Almost two hundred years later, Durham’s strong tradition of working with European partners goes from strength to strength. Of Durham’s top twenty countries for research collaboration, twelve are in Europe accounting for 53% all collaboration within this group of twenty.
As a fellow member of the Coimbra Group and Matariki Network, our Vice-Chancellor renewed our strategic partnership with Uppsala University in February 2023. Starting as a connection through the Matariki Network and a longstanding track record of student exchange, the Tübingen-Durham partnership has grown into a robust, bilateral alliance. Research projects with Uppsala and Tübingen have included: Decarbonising Energy systems, Studying the rapid melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet and Testing and Evaluating Communication Technology for Smart Grid deployment. Durham University Business School also has a strategic partnership with Emlyon Business School, where, together, we run a part-time executive doctoral programme: the Global DBA.
Our membership of the Coimbra Group and the Matariki networks enable us to work with a broad range of European partners to address the global challenges of climate change and energy, health, development and emerging technologies.
Bringing together over two hundred European and global research institutions, the University of the Arctic (UArctic) is Durham’s key international network for facilitating Arctic orientated research collaborations, student exchanges and educational cooperation. Durham became the first English University to join the University of the Arctic in 2013. DurhamARCTIC Director Prof Philip Steinberg is the UArctic Chair in Political Geography.
We are proud to be twinned with Zaporizhzhia National University in Ukraine as part of a national twinning initiative, supported by Universities UK (UUK) and the Ukrainian Ministry of Education.
Explore a snapshot of our collaborative work with our partners in Europe
We are a proud, active member of the Coimbra Group, where we have contributed to publications, policy documents and seminars.
Durham is also a member of the European Universities Association, which plays a crucial role in influencing European higher education, research and innovation policy.
Europe is our largest partner in terms of research co-authored publications. Our close relationship with our European partners has resulted in world-leading collaborative projects that are in line with our goal to maximise the impact of our research & contribute to International engagement agendas
“I studied MSc Renewable Energy at Durham. I am now working in energy policy research at a Berlin-based think tank. The close and supportive supervision of the master thesis inspired me to keep researching on the topic and follow my career in energy”.
We recognise the value of an engaged international alumni community and are establishing alumni ambassadors in key countries throughout Europe.
We welcome over 1500 European students annually. Students come from our Erasmus+ exchange partner universities or as fee-paying study abroad students. We currently have around 250 Erasmus exchange agreements in place.