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UCL's Global Engagement Strategy

London’s Global University works with partners to achieve fair solutions to global challenges: Think global, act together.


This Global Engagement Strategy looks at all six Principal Themes of UCL 2034 through a global lens. It is designed to increase our global impact.

UCL 2034 Vision

…Inspire …transform how the world is understood... knowledge is created and shared and the way global problems are solved.

2034 Mission

UCL 2034 Mission

London’s Global University: a diverse intellectual community, engaged with the wider world and committed to changing it for the better; recognised for our radical and critical thinking and its widespread influence; with an outstanding ability to integrate education, research, innovation, and enterprise for the long-term benefit of humanity.

Principle Themes

UCL 2034 Principal Themes

  1. “Academic leadership... critical test of a global university”
  2. “A global leader... an inspirational student experience”
  3. Addressing global challenges”
  4. “...accessible, publicly engaged”
  5. “London’s Global University”
  6. “Delivering global impact”

We are London’s Global University – in, of and for London and the wider world. Our mission is to deliver sustainable and globally relevant impact in research, education and enterprise for the benefit of humanity.

We look to generate practical impact, not expand our global footprint.

We will do this through ‘partnerships of equivalence’, and a small number of strategic ‘anchor’ partnerships, to co-create mutually beneficial solutions. We will support the internationally collaborative creativity and initiative of our individual academics and faculties.

We are a global university in probably the most global city in the world. We have more international students than any other UK university. Our international recruitment strategy is to maintain market share and increase diversity and quality. We give our students a world class education, integrating UK/EU and international students for the benefit of the whole student body. Our alumni, students and staff are our best ambassadors.


Strategic drivers

Our Global Engagement Strategy is shaped by a distinctive combination of strategic drivers:

  • cultivating our global outlook to offer our students the best possible preparation for global lives and careers
  • co-creating wise solutions to global challenges and problems
  • increasing independent research capability around the world
  • marshalling our expertise in enterprise, innovation and translational research
  • strengthening our position as London’s Global University by amplifying our achievements and engaging more effectively.

Founding commitment

Our founding commitment to fairness gives us a contemporary interest in addressing inequality, including in the global south. We will dismantle the barriers - linguistic, cultural and financial - that inhibit global cooperation in research, education and enterprise. We will encourage cultural curiosity and sensitivity in our diverse community of students, staff, alumni and partners, including through our pedagogy and curricula. We will prioritise activities which multiply the impact of existing UCL initiatives, particularly the Grand Challenges.

This Global Engagement Strategy supports, and is supported by, the It's All Academic campaign, launched in September 2016 to raise UCL's global profile.

If you have any questions about the UCL Global Engagement Strategy, please contact us.

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