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South-East Asia and Australasia

Durham has strong connections with universities in Australia and New Zealand and across South East Asia. Durham has student exchange partnerships in Singapore, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.
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Kuala Lumpur

The University has strong connections with partners in South East Asia and Australasia collaborating to produce impactful research, delivering innovative teaching and creating opportunities for students and staff to gain international experience.

The Oriental Museum houses one half of the important Chinese ceramic collections of British politician and diplomat Rt Hon Malcolm MacDonald. Since 2017, curators have been working with researchers  in the UK and Museum of Asian Art, University of Malaya (UM) and the National University of Singapore  (NUS) to research and share the story of MacDonald’s collection and its role in his international diplomacy. 

Through the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU), of which Durham is a founder member, Durham collaborates with leading universities in Australia (University of Western Australia) and New Zealand (University of Otago) to advanced learning, research, and student experience.

Durham has a network of staff who support the University's strategic relationships in key regions. Learn more and connect with staff leading collaborative and recruitment activities in South East Asia and Australasia. Meet the team

This section highlights some of the collaborative research and other activities with our partners in South East Asia and Australasia. 


Collaborating for Impact

Explore a snapshot of our collaborative work with our partners in South-East Asia and Australasia

Forging partnerships in Malaysia

We’ve entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Universiti Malaya to strengthen collaboration in research and education.
Signing of a memorandum of understanding between Durham University and Universiti of Malaya.

CSDLP and CIL-NUS Memorandum of Understanding

The Centre for Sustainable Development law and Policy at Durham Law school signed a MoU with the Centre for International Law at the University of Singapore.
Two people signing a MOU

Oriental Museum, Durham University visits Malaysia and Singapore with ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grant

Gillian Ramsay, Assistant Curator at the Oriental Museum, Durham University travelled to Malaysia and Singapore in with an ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grant.
Showcases, art and museum displays at the Oriental Museum over three levels


This research, as part the SAPIENT programme, informs scientific work by the governments of UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Netherlands.
sapient, man, climbing

Durham Law School raising awareness of global Sustainable Development Goals

Justice Brian Preston, the Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales will join Durham as a visiting professor.
Law School Exterior

Study reveals misogynistic attitudes towards women’s sport

The study, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, was led by Durham University & researchers at the University of Leicester & University of South Australia
Women's Lacrosse Championship Final team

Protecting global communities from harmful volcanic emissions

The Heath Interventions in Volcanic Eruptions (HIVE) project was led by Professor Horwell and focused on effective respiratory protection for community use.
Volcanic ash v-1

Large pay gaps in tourism industry impacts performance

To investigate this link, the researchers manually collected data on the executives’ and employees’ remunerations for tourism listed companies in Thailand.
Wat Samphran in Nakhon Pathom, ThailanD

Brain injury study reveals rugby’s mental health crisis

The study was funded by the UK Rugby Health project, Auckland University of Technology and the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing at Durham University.
Rugby Scrum

Scientists predict songbirds’ striking colours put them at risk of extinction

Research by our Department of Biosciences and colleagues from University of Florida, USA, CESAB, France, and Massey University, New Zealand.
Small bird on a hand

Centre for Advanced Instrumentation hosts Thai knowledge transfer programme

This knowledge transfer project with Thailand has drawn together three UK leading institutes in the fields of astronomical and space instrumentation.
Stars and galaxies in space




South-East Asia and Australasia Students and Scholars

Durham University welcomes over 350 students from South East Asia and Australia annually. Get involved with regional society's, and events, such as Durham University Malaysian Society (DUMAS), Durham Singapore Society and Durham Vietnamese Society.

Explore our International Scholarships Pages



University student
The advice I would give to other international students thinking about completing a postgraduate degree in Durham would be to go for it and make the most out of your time here, academically and personally; it might turn out to be one of the best years in your life!

Suchapa Rimkeeratikulext
MSc Marketing , from Thailand
Graduation 2022

Alumni in South-East Asia and Australasia

We recognise the value of an engaged international alumni community and are establishing alumni ambassadors in key countries throughout South East Asia and Australasia.

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Partner with us

We have collaborated with a wide range of prestigious institutions across the region and we are always interested in new partnerships opportunities in South East Asia and Australasia..

Interested to partner with us? Contact us