Strategic Partnerships

Illinois International will work with faculty and a variety of campus constituents to identify those agreements with the greatest potential to be leveraged into broader strategic partnerships.

INSPIRE: Illinois–Sweden Program for Educational & Research Exchange

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

The Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange (INSPIRE) was an educational alliance between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and three leading institutions of higher education in Stockholm, Sweden: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, and Karolinska Institutet.


BRIDGE: Birmingham–Illinois Partnership for Discovery, Engagement & 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. 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. Engagement currently spans over 25 established faculty-to-faculty links in 14 key academic disciplines.



Illinois-NTU Global Issues Forum

The Illinois-NTU Global Issues Forum is an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and National Taiwan University (NTU). This first edition of the Illinois-NTU Global Issues Forum, Smart Cities, Healthy Cities took place in Taipei, Taiwan in 2014 and focused on the cross-disciplinary challenges of global urbanization. Looking at such areas as urban analysis, governance, health, work, networks, the Forum hoped to enhance the value of multidisciplinary collaboration between both research institutions. The debates were designed to provide an ambitious connecting platform for the exchange of expertise across a broad spectrum of knowledge fields.

In the fall of 2017, Illinois hosted the second Illinois-NTU Global Issues Forum: Health in Smart Urban Environments. The 2017 Forum explored key challenges and opportunities arising from the dramatic increase in urban populations around the world. The forum brought together faculty who focus on the development and deployment of technologies to reliable, responsive, and sustainable urban infrastructures, environmental impacts and sustainability issues in expanding urban areas, and human factors that affect and are affected by urban lifestyles.