Global Essex

Global Engagement

A truly global outlook

At Essex we’re engaged with the world. We host incoming delegations, build bridges and form partnerships with overseas institutions, share our knowledge and help other institutions build their capacity. 

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.

Embracing the globe
  • We value working with others so that together we can do things better and do better things: we have links with 320 institutions around the world.
  • We have 14 international academic partnerships with global institutions in China, France, Germany, Japan, Russia and Singapore, and 210 friendship and progression agreements around the world.
  • We believe that working in partnership is the key to the improvement of humanity and society through the transformational opportunities we jointly create for students.

Sharing knowledge

Academic staff can visit partner institutions for training, research collaboration and knowledge sharing. The YERUN Research Mobility Awards encourage early career researchers to establish new multidisciplinary international research collaborations either virtually or by visiting one of our partner universities across Europe.

Building capacity

Backed by EU funding we have undertaken capacity building projects around internationalism, curriculum development, careers and employability in various areas including Israel and the Caucuses. This type of activity is in the interests of sharing our knowledge and improving learning outcomes for other international institutions.

Boosting prosperity

We were one of the first UK universities to join the Santander Universities network. This 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 with more than 20 countries including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Portugal. We are now one of 86 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.

Request a visit to Essex

If you are a partner university or part of a delegation in visiting Essex or inviting a delegation to Essex, please request the visit using the visit-in request form (.docx) sent to

It is greatly appreciated if your answers to the questions on the form can be detailed as much as possible, so we can assist your visit appropriately.