Our partnerships

As a global institution, the University of Stirling has established a diverse portfolio of innovative and productive partnerships with organisations across the world. These partnerships are fundamental in helping the University meet its strategic objectives through enhancing our international links with institutions that share our core principles and values.

Partnerships with a global impact

We’re committed to building strategic international partnerships, to promote research and teaching excellence with a global impact. We support the development and management of a range of collaborative teaching, education and recruitment partnerships covering: joint and double degrees, split-site degrees, transnational (in-country) education programmes, and articulated and international access provision.

Teaching experience for TESOL students in Brazil

Our partner, the Sao Paulo State University (UNESP) in Brazil, offers our MSc and PhD TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) students the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience overseas. Students can teach English language classes in one of UNESP’s 24 campuses in the state of Sao Paulo.

The classes are offered to UNESP’s undergraduate students who are preparing to take the IELTS exam. This international placement gives students practical teaching experience in a diverse cultural setting, boosts their employability skills, and enhances their global outlook and intercultural competence.

A world-leading heritage and conservation research centre

In the first of its kind, a research centre is being created as part of an international agreement involving the University of Stirling, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and The Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, in Beijing, China.

This unique research partnership will advance research in new historical and cultural heritage strategies, develop training opportunities for staff and professionals working in heritage and conservation, and establish joint courses including doctoral programmes.

We’re delighted to formally commit to a long-term partnership with HES and the Forbidden City in China. This agreement is a ground-breaking advance in British and Chinese intercultural relations in the fields of cultural heritage and conservation, and brings together international expertise in the impacts of climate and wider environmental change.

Professor Richard Oram

Sharing teaching excellence across the globe

As an international University, we’re proud of our deep partnerships with a number of outstanding global education partners. Through our teaching partnerships we support ambitious students, equipping them with the skills to thrive in our fast-moving world and transform it for the better. We ensure that shared academic values are maintained and student experience is consistent across our global network.

Our teaching partnerships cover:

  • joint degrees
  • double degrees
  • split-site degrees
  • transnational (in-country) education programmes
  • articulated and international access provision

QE-TNE Scheme

We participate in the sector-wide QE-TNE Scheme for the quality enhancement of UK transnational education. The scheme is a demonstration of our commitment to a high-quality UK-TNE experience.

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What our partners say


Singapore Institute Of Management (SIM), Singapore

The collaboration between SIM Global Education and the University of Stirling started in September 2011, offering the BA (Hons) in Retail Marketing at SIM. This promotes a greater degree of professionalism and competitiveness in the retail industry through enhancing and developing talent in the areas of management and leadership. Our shared vision and commitment to education excellence will enable us to take this partnership to even greater heights in the years ahead
Mrs Ho Soon Eng
Director, Higher Education, SIM Global Education

Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

We have developed a fruitful collaboration with the University of Stirling through the establishment and operation of the double degree course in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), which was our first attempt at integrating full-time overseas study for a Masters programme. The first cohort is enjoying the wonderful environment of the Stirling campus, as well as the excellent learning opportunities provided by the TESOL team.
Professor Masanori Ito
Professor, Graduate School of Language, Communication and Culture

Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

We are very pleased that the University of Stirling, UK now has a campus in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. The academic programmes offered include Undergraduate Honours courses in Accounting & Finance, Business Computing, Computing Science, Management and Software Engineering. In the Postgraduate Portfolio we offer bespoke, one year Masters programmes covering MSc Big Data, MSc Finance and MSc Fin Tech. Ras Al Khaimah is perhaps the most beautiful emirate in the UAE with a 64 km coastline and is home to a number of educational institutions. RAK is a very friendly and inexpensive place to live and plays host to a variety of industries and hospitality establishments. Students at the University of Stirling, RAK, benefit not only from learning from committed academics but also enjoy an amazing quality of life, combined with the opportunity to gain experience through internships and placements
Dr Richa Arora
COO & Head of Institution, RAK – Campus

Work with us

We’re investing in developing new international collaborative partnerships, helping to solve global issues and making a difference in higher education across the world. We have long-standing international collaborations covering teaching, research, and student and staff mobility.

We aim to continue to grow and develop high quality, sustainable partnerships. If you’re interested in exploring partnership or teaching collaboration opportunities please contact our team for further information at: internationalpartnerships@stir.ac.uk