We invite delegations to visit us for strategic fact-finding trips and knowledge-sharing. We also work in partnership with Essex County Council to link with international partners. Our professional services employees also share good practice with colleagues in partner institutions.
Every other year, a delegation of our professional services staff visits the University of Konstanz for knowledge-sharing and networking. Academic staff can visit partner institutions through Erasmus+. In 2018 our Essex Abroad team is also hosting 50 senior staff from partner universities for a training and development week, focused on Mainstreaming Internationalisation for the New Age.
Backed by current EU funding we are engaged in supporting capacity-building activity for institutions in other areas, including Russia, Israel and the Caucuses. For example, our Head of Employability has been working with a network of Georgian universities to help set up careers services. This type of activity is in the interests of sharing our knowledge and improving learning outcomes for other international institutions.
We were one of the first UK universities to join the Santander Universities initiative, that was created in 1996 by Banco Santander’s late Chairman Emilio Botin – with the aim of bringing together the bank’s corporate social responsibility activities. The network began in Spain and now engages more than 20 countries including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Portugal with almost 1,200 university partners network in 2007, and today is has 83 UK members.
Since joining, we have received more than £1.3m in support which has helped us to support 120 Masters Scholarships, 200 internships and more than 150 travel grants. In March 2018 we signed a new three-year partnership with Santander Universities which will continue to support our students through a range of scholarship and enterprising opportunities.
“I am really inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit and drive of students at the University of Essex. We’re delighted to be supporting such an important initiative that recognises the importance of encouraging these young business leaders; nurturing the next generation to dare to invent, innovate, create and be entrepreneurial.”such as the University of Essex, to help Santander UK be better and ready for the future as well.”
Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony Forster, makes regular visits to higher education institutions to form new partnerships, strengthen existing links with Essex, and celebrate our graduates' achievements.
"We are really lucky to have developed strong links with businesses and universities in China over the last year who are keen to work with the University of Essex."
At Essex, we regularly welcome high delegations and partner universities from all over the world. These visits allow us to connect with like-minded institutions, exchange ideas as well as explore opportunities for research and academic collaborations.
Backed by EU funding we are engaged on an ongoing basis in supporting capacity-building activity for institutions in other areas including the Caucusus, Russia and Israel; in the interests of sharing our knowledge and improving learning outcomes for other international institutions.
"We enjoy working with universities and organisations around the world who, like us, are always striving to achieve excellence in education and excellence in research. If you want to help us make a difference in the world, get in touch."