Research Collaboration and University Partners

The diversity of academic environments and scientific approaches is UCPH's distinguishing feature and strength. Partnerships between the university and its national and international research partners enhance the quality of its research and study programs.

The university maintains a substantial number of partnerships with universities worldwide. More than 140 bilateral partnerships, numerous institute partnerships, and hundreds of Erasmus agreements are designed to increase students' mobility, offering them opportunities to augment their academic training abroad with the accompanying beneficial intercultural experiences. The partner universities include 46 in the US, 17 in Australia, 12 in Canada, 10 in Japan, seven in New Zealand, five in Germany, and one in each of Argentina, Cuba, Peru, Poland, Sweden, Syria, and Jordan. The university also exchanges students and staff with a large number of partner institutions through the Erasmus and Nordplus programs and by means of state bilateral agreements.

UCPH generally prefers to establish university-wide agreements when a number of faculties express such interest. University-wide agreements are intended as umbrella agreements and it is acceptable to maintain or establish department, faculty, or institutional agreements within and under the aegis of the university agreement. These partnerships are the framework for foreign students and researchers to study or conduct research at the university. Fruitful partnerships are established in a variety of ways such as:

• Student exchange

• Faculty exchange

• Joint degrees

• Joint research collaboration

• Staff exchange

• Erasmus staff training

• Erasmus teacher training

• Strategic partnerships

The University of Copenhagen's Research and Innovation Council

UCPH's Research and Innovation (R&I) Council is responsible for identifying and pursuing the university's strategic development within research, innovation, and business collaboration, and for prioritizing how the university shall publicize its activities externally [46]. The council works in accordance with UCPH's strategic goals.

The objective of the council is to determine how strategic development is best supported by the organization, to secure increased external funding, and to initiate an increasing number of collaborative relationships with private and public entities globally. The council prompts general initiatives within research and innovation that complement the faculties' own initiatives. It also coordinates research and innovation (R&I) work conducted at the faculties by R&I faculty representatives and makes recommendations and suggestions aimed at improving the university's researcher-oriented service.

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