The University of South Australia has continued to expand its partnerships in Europe and has recently signed agreements with a number of high profile universities and institutions.

The University’s present focus on engagement with France, across the defence sector in particular, has resulted in new agreements with French institutions, research collaborations and professional partnerships.

UniSA’s continued focus on the European region is evident through the UniSA Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural TransformationsThe mission of the Centre is to develop dialogue and cooperation between the European community and Australia on migration, asylum and refugee protection in response to: demographic shifts in populations; non-military threats such as climate change; the safeguarding of rights; the preservation of borders; democracy; the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Key partners

Alliance Française d'Adelaïde (France and Adelaide)   

A new partnership between UniSA and the Alliance Francaise d'Adelaïde has been signed which will promote French society, language and culture and the relationship between France and Australia, with a focus on key themes such as the emerging defence relationship between the two countries.

The partnership builds on the existing strong collaborative relationships that UniSA continues to develop with organisations and universities in France, and provides an opportunity to further advance collaboration in research and teaching of French language and culture, and bilingual education.

IMT Atlantique (France)   

A student exchange agreement with IMT Atlantique and UniSA was signed in June 2017 to give post graduate students an opportunity to study in France and get real world experience in the defence sector. IMT Atlantique is a French graduate engineering school.


University College London (United Kingdom)   

The University College London is ranked 14th worldwide by Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

In April 2015 a partnership was established which committed University College London (UCL) and the University of South Australia (UniSA) to work together to develop teaching and research in South Australia in fields that include minerals processing, advanced manufacturing, sustainable future energy production and protection, and care of the environment. The agreement which was signed at joint events in Adelaide and London, signals a program of future collaboration between UniSA’s Future Industries Institute (FII) and the UCL Faculty of Engineering. The collaboration includes an industry focused PhD program, joint curriculum development, student and staff exchange programs, public engagement and joint academic appointments.

UniSA and UCL are now collaborating on the delivery of an MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources.


Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)    

Katholieke Universiteit  (KU) Leuven is Belgium's largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities, KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research. In January 2016 a MOU was signed between the UniSA and the KU Leuven Faculty of Psychology and Education Services. This MOU is the exciting first step to establishment of a dual award PhD program.

King’s College London (United Kingdom)   

King’s College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (2016/17 QS World University Rankings) and among the oldest in England. King’s has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research.

King’s has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

UniSA’s collaboration with King’s College London will provide UniSA researchers with new opportunities to study at the Menzies Centre as part of the Aboriginal and Contemporary Australian Studies Fellowships.

University of Copenhagen (Denmark)   

Ranked 82nd worldwide by Times Higher Education, the University of Copenhagen and the University of South Australia signed a MOU in 2011 which has enabled the creation of a dual award Phd agreement. There is currently 5 students enrolled in the dual program.

Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)    

Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious university. In 2013 UniSA and TCD signed a MOU between Hawke Research Institute and TCD’s Long Room Hub to deliver closer collaboration on humanities research. The Vice Chancellor visited his former institution and signed the agreement in October 2013 and Professor Anthony Elliott (Director, Hawke Research Institute) delivered a public lecture at TCD in April 2014.

International Space University (France)   

Located on France’s eastern border in Alsace, The International Space University and UniSA signed a consortium agreement in November 2015 for the purpose of conducting an annual space education program known as the Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program.

Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)   

Founded in 1829, Chalmers University of Technology focuses on research and education in technology, natural science, architecture, maritime and management. A joint PhD Agreement with UniSA was signed in November 2013.

ESC Rennes School of Business (France)   

ESC Rennes School of Business, located in Rennes France, is a highly respected business school, holding accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. This partnership with the UniSA School of Business offers their postgraduate business students the opportunity to spend 6 months in Australia as part of their studies. The partnership also offers exchange opportunities for UniSA students.

Areas of study and research

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