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International Networks and Alliances

International networks and alliances provide opportunities for collaboration in projects, sharing of knowledge and educational and research opportunities.


A globe with streams of light connecting places
A globe with streams of light connecting places

Association of Commonwealth Universities

As a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Bath is part of a global network and advocacy organisation that brings together universities from the Commonwealth nations.

The ACU promotes collaboration among member universities, facilitating the exchange of knowledge and best practices, and advocating for the value of higher education in addressing global challenges through various programs, such as academic exchanges, research initiatives, and capacity-building activities. The ACU Ambassador at Bath is Prof. Julian Chaudhuri, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education and Global).


BUTEX is an organisation bringing together universities, colleges and other HE institutions across the UK with the aim of promoting British education internationally. As a BUTEX member Bath is given the opportunity to collaborate and exchange information with other institutions to enhance international education and expertise.

Council for At-Risk Academics

The Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting academics in immediate danger, those forced into exile, and those who choose to remain in their home countries despite the serious risks they face.

The organisation offers various forms of aid, including fellowship programs, placements at partner institutions, and financial support. CARA's mission is to ensure that scholars facing adversity can continue their academic work and contribute to the advancement of knowledge. Bath supports CARA's work through a commitment to host CARA fellows, with a focus on female academics undertaking doctoral studies or research fellowships.

European Universities Association

Established in 2001, the European Universities Association (EUA) represents more than 800 universities and national rectors' conferences in 48 European countries, including the University of Bath. The EUA serves as a platform for Bath to collaborate and exchange information among higher education institutions across Europe. It focuses on promoting the interests of universities in matters related to policy development, research funding, and academic collaboration at both European and international levels.

HEURO Global

HEURO Global is the Association of UK Education European Officers compromising a membership of over 100 institutions. The association serves as a platform for professionals involved in European issues within the UK's higher and further education sectors. The platform allows Bath to facilitate discussions, promote matters of common interest and disseminate good practices related to European issues in higher education among its members.

The Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI)

The Health and Environmental Sciences Institute stands as a non-profit organisation at the intersection of health and environmental sciences which Bath is engaged in to collaborate and learn from the those in academia, government and industry who are tackling health and environmental issues. Founded on the principle of collaborative research and evidence-based approaches, HESI allows Bath to be part of a global platform resolving global health and environmental challenges by fostering the collaboration among scientists from academia, government, industry and other stakeholders.

The Magalhães Network

The Magalhães Network was formed in 2005 to increase academic exchange and collaboration between Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Member Universities are faculties or schools of technology, engineering and architecture. The network has 38 members; 20 from the EU, and 18 from Latin America and the Carribean. LAC members include the top ranked institutions in the region.

The Magalhães Network offers added value to member universities, their students and staff, by providing effective tools for student exchange, systematic exchange of best practises for internationalisation and acting as a platform to build relations that can be used to develop joint projects between member universities

The network holds a General Assembly annually where member Universities share knowledge and best practise. Bath hosted the General Assembly from 20 to 21 November 2023.

Magalhães members gathered on a staircase at the University of Bath for the General Assembly 2023

The Town and Gown Network

The Town and Gown Network was established by Stellenbosch University (SU) following an inaugural conference hosted by Professor Wim de Villliers, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor, in Stellenbosch, 28-30 November 2018. It brings together SU’s strategic partner institutions in the UK, Europe and North America, as well as in South Africa, of which Bath is included. It has the aim of providing an international platform to share experience and best practice in university engagement with local business and community.

In early 2021, we were delighted that Katrina Kelly, the University of Bath’s Head of Community Engagement, presented to the Network on the work that the University had done in our local community. Read Katrina's blog about her presentation to the Town and Gown Network.

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The UK-Singapore Universities Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (UKSAEI)

Bath was a founding member of the UKSAEI when it was launched on 8 April 2021 with a virtual signing ceremony hosted by H.E. Kara Owen, British High Commissioner to Singapore, and H.E. Lim Thuan Kuan, Singapore High Commissioner to the UK.

Established under the Singapore-UK Innovation and Research Partnership, the alliance forms a framework to strengthen collaboration between the UK and Singapore in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. Bringing together 11 universities in the UK and all 5 universities in Singapore, UKSAEI is a unique platform to support academic engagement with industry and government, facilitate commercialisation and knowledge transfer activities, and create new opportunities for students and researchers to partner with industry and start-ups.

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World 100 Reputation Network

The World 100 Reputation Network compromises leading global universities, serving as a platform for member institutions to collectively enhance their reputation, influence and impact on the global stage through collaborative research endeavours. Through the network, Bath can effectively gain insights into higher education practices, emerging trends and pressing issues from a multitude of international perspectives.

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