UCL Global


UCL in East Asia

Working with world-leading institutions across China, Japan and Korea, UCL academics collaborate with counterparts to solve global challenges and create opportunities for our students to live and study in the region.

Katharine Carruthers
Our partnerships in East Asia have developed significantly over the last five years. Through strategic partner funding schemes and UCL Global Engagement (GE), we have been able to further promote joint research in the region and deepen relationships with our partners.

Director Katharine Carruthers
Global Strategic Academic Advisor (China)



UCL community

We're proud of our international and multi-cultural community which counts 13,776 students from East Asia currently studying at UCL and 26,996 UCL alumni in East Asia. Meet some of our students, alumni and academics through the slideshow above.

Research, partnerships and projects

Find out more about some our research projects and relationships in the region with some of the stories featured. Explore our partnerships and activities with China through our new UCL and China page. 

UCL's East Asia Regional Network

The East Asia Regional Network facilitates cross-UCL connections and synergies between academic and professional services staff interested in collaborating with partners in the region.

Led by Director Katharine Carruthers, Global Strategic Academic Advisor (China), the network meets regularly throughout the year to discuss current and future activity. 

Are you a UCL staff member or postgraduate student interested in the region? Join the Regional Network.


Current and future partners

Partnership enquiries

We are keen to develop partnerships and collaborations with universities and institutions in East Asia. If you are interested in exploring ways to work with UCL, contact our Senior Global Engagement Manager (East Asia), Dan Li.

Existing partners include: 

  • IOE Confucius Institute for Schools
  • China - Peking University, Yenching Academy of Peking University, Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiao Tong, University of Hong Kong
  • Japan - Osaka University, Tohoku University

News stories

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What's on

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Case studies

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Did you know?

The Choshu Five
The Fathers of Modern Japan
In May 1863, five young Japanese men were disguised as British Sailors and smuggled on board a ship to Britain. Once they arrived, they were introduced to Professor Alexander Williamson (head of the Chemistry Department at UCL), who, with his wife, took the five under their wing. When the students, who became known as the ‘Choshu Five’, all returned home several years later they went on to found the modern state of Japan. Find out more