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Office of Internationalization

Strategic Partnerships

Lund University University of Western Australia






 Priority Partnerships

                 glasgow                            ucp

   lille                     tohoku                     usil


The University of Denver, through the Office of Internationalization, has established of a select number of strategic partnerships, beginning with Lund University in Sweden, the University of Western Australia in Australia, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. In addition,we are establishing priority partnerships that include: the University of Glasgow, Universidade Católica Portuguesa Lisboa, Université de Lille, Tohoku University and Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (Peru).

A strategic partnership builds on the traditional relationship between institutions (student exchanges, for example) to include broader-based cooperation such as faculty and staff exchanges and mobility: the intent of a strategic partnership is to include as much participation from the university as a whole in the cooperation between the institutions. Joint and coordinated courses and classes are encouraged, as are other ways of cooperating online and digitally. In addition, there may be the possibility of degree cooperation, dual or joint degrees, research partnerships, curricular partnerships, or other innovative joint ventures. The University of Denver is also looking at some joint governance with its strategic partners, involving both joint grant applications and DU's Internationalization Council. The ideal strategic partnership capitalizes on the strengths of each institution in a complementary fashion and involves a certain amount of mutual vision and belief in the benefits of the partnership itself.

Strategic & Priority Partnerships can vary in intensity and do not imply that the many other agreements that a university may have with other institutions are somehow less important or valuable. In fact, strategic partnerships can strengthen the other relationships by bringing them into clearer focus and providing for a bridge between the various institutions.

Some examples of collaborations DU has with Strategic & Priority Partnerships are the Global Masters Scholars Programs in Lund, Glasgow and Perth, various faculty exchanges and research collaborations, and a dual Juris Doctor Program with the University of Western Australia. For a current list of our various Strategic & Priority Partner Projects, see here.  

How to get started

If you or your department is interested in collaborating with DU's Strategic and Priority Partners, the Office of Internationalization can help. Here are some tips and advice to get started:

  • Consider how an international partnership with these partners can benefit your department, your scholarship, your students and the University.
  • See how other areas at DU are collaborating with these partners. For a list of projects, see here
  • Research the partner university and what they offer. With what areas (or people) would you be most interested in speaking? 
  • Reach out to the Director for Strategic Partnerships, Levi Lindsey, for an introduction to the partner university. If you'd like a general overview of the partnership, Internationalization can meet with you and your department at your convenience. 
  • If funding is needed and you have a clear direction on the project and have a contact at the partner institution, you may apply for a Strategic and Priority Partner Grant.
  • Once your project is underway, please email Levi Lindsey to have it added to the Strategic & Priority Partner Projects page