UCL Global


Developing international skills

Regional networks, led by Regional PVPs, are key in bringing together academics from across the university to build international capacity and skills

Audience member listening intently at UCL event in Africa

The fifth objective of the GES was to develop international skills by fostering an enhanced culture of global engagement and collaboration across UCL. To do this, the Global Engagement Office set out to bring together colleagues with a shared interest in global partnerships in particular regions: Africa & Middle East, East Asia, Europe, South Asia, South East Asia and Australasia, North America and Latin America.

GEO helped establish an academic network of Regional Pro-Vice-Provosts who each lead one of the seven regional networks, engaging more than 1,000 members from across UCL. Members receive regional news, opportunities and funding calls and meet regularly. The Africa & Middle East network is the largest regional network in UCL with more than 500 members. Find out more about the regional networks here.

Global engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, GEO has continued to engage with international partners in new and innovative ways. During June and July 2020, GEO colleagues, VDIs and Regional PVPs have delivered four fantastic virtual global engagement events: the UCL African Partners SummitNUS-UCL Virtual Neurobiology SymposiumEuropean perspectives on COVID-19 webinar series and UCL Latin America Online Lecture Series. While nothing will replace the value of face-to-face meetings, these virtual events have been an opportunity to think about collaborating in more sustainable ways in the future.