Approach & Pilot Projects

The central campus administration, through its senior international officer, will work with faculty and a variety of campus constituents to gather information about our existing partnerships, with the goal of identifying those with the greatest potential to be leveraged into broader strategic engagements.

Once identified, modest financial support, as well as focused administrative support and oversight, will be provided as seed funding to broaden the scope of collaborative activities undertaken in the partnership. ISIP will rely on pre-defined, clearly articulated criteria and mechanisms for identifying, cultivating, evaluating, and sustaining strategic international partnerships.

INSPIRE: Illinois–Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange

Winner of IIE's 2016 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education, International Partnerships Category


The pilot project of the ISIP initiative is well underway. The Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange (INSPIRE), through the leadership of faculty liaisons Anna Stenport (Germanic Languages and Literatures, Scandinavian Studies) and Harry Dankowicz (Mechanical Sciences and Engineering) in cooperation with the Director of ISIP, is an ambitious project to form broad and deep engagements with the three leading institutions of higher education in Stockholm, Sweden: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, and the Karolinska Institutet

The foundational relationship with KTH is already well-established, with faculty from our Colleges of Engineering, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Fine and Applied Arts, and Media all working directly on collaborative research and education projects with counterparts at KTH.

For additional details, please explore the INSPIRE website

BRIDGE: Birmingham–Illinois Partnership for Discovery, Engagement and Education


In March 2014, the University of Birmingham and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign formed the BiRmingham-Illinois Partnership for Discovery, EnGagement and Education (BRIDGE) creating a framework for continued collaboration and investment to grow the strategic partnership between the two institutions, and formally launching the second ISIP strategic partnership project. The BRIDGE partnership recognizes the breadth and depth of faculty connections that have flourished over the last four years. Engagement currently spans over 25 established faculty-to-faculty links in 14 key academic disciplines. The BRIDGE framework aims to deepen these existing collaborations and develop wider faculty networks to: build cognate research areas; expand educational exchange opportunities; and strengthen strategic aspirations for institutional engagement.

To this end, the institutions have established a joint BRIDGE Project Seed Fund which permanent members of staff at each institution are encouraged to apply. ISIP seeks proposals from faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for in support of BRIDGE, to initiate new collaborative research, education, or engagement projects with colleagues at the University of Birmingham, or to expand upon existing collaborations. Additional information can be found in the guidelines and application.

For more information about the BRDIGE partnership, please explore the BRIDGE website