UB is committed to seeking out opportunities for academic exchange and scholarly collaboration across national and cultural borders. We have cultivated relationships with distinguished educational institutions throughout the world, cooperating with international partners on student exchanges, joint research projects and the delivery of degree programs overseas. These connections strengthen teaching, learning and research at both UB and collaborating institutions.
UB has collaborated with SIM since 1996 to deliver an Executive MBA Program in Singapore that more than 300 graduates have completed. Since 2004, the partnership has expanded to include UB undergraduate degree programs at SIM in business administration, communications, economics, psychology and sociology that collectively enroll more than 1,400 students.
Many students in the SIM programs spend at least one semester at UB in Buffalo. In turn, a growing number of UB students and faculty members are studying and teaching in Singapore, gaining international experience in one of Asia’s leading cities and educational hubs.
In 1980, UB became the first U.S. university to enter China following the normalization of relations with that country, establishing historic agreements with leading institutions in Beijing—Beijing University of Technology, Capital Normal University and Capital Medical University.
Exchanges with all three partners have continued for more than 30 years, with UB and Beijing researchers collaborating in disciplines including engineering, language learning, the arts and health sciences. UB students have also studied abroad and completed medical school rotations in Beijing.
In 2010, Capital Normal University and UB celebrated a new milestone: The opening of a new Confucius Institute at UB that seeks to facilitate the teaching of Chinese language and culture at local schools in Western New York.
Amrita University, UB’s partner in south India since 2006, is a leading private research university enrolling some 15,000 students on five campuses in three Indian states.
Research collaborations between Amrita and UB faculty in engineering, computer science, the health sciences and social work are ongoing, with a new joint research center at Amrita serving as the locus of collaborations of social work faculty and students from both institutions.
Amrita and UB have also partnered on a dual-degree program in Management of Information Technology Services on Amrita’s Bangalore campus, taught by faculty from both institutions. A second UB-Amrita dual master’s program—in embedded systems—is in development.
Founded in 1346, the Jagiellonian University is Poland’s oldest and most distinguished university. UB’s affiliation with the Jagiellonian began in the late 1980s, during the last years of the Soviet Bloc.
As Poland later emerged as a democratic, free-market society, UB played an important role in the Jagiellonian University’s institutional development. Extensive cooperation and faculty and student exchange have occurred across many faculties at each institution.
Relations with the Jagiellonian have strengthened Polish Studies at UB and the university’s ties to Western New York’s large Polish community.
Since establishing a bilateral exchange with UB in 1993, Konan University has been a popular destination for UB students studying Japanese language and culture and for UB faculty and staff invited to participate in the Konan exchange.
UB and Konan have also partnered on innovative programs that prepare Japanese students to become globally competent managers.
Annually since 2003, 30-40 Konan undergraduates have spent a year at UB studying the English language, business and economics. Many of these students also have completed UB’s six-week summer program on Asian Business at the Singapore Institute of Management.
While their formal affiliation dates from 2007, Brock University and UB, roughly equidistant from the nearby U.S.-Canada border, have cooperated in many domains since Brock’s founding in 1964.
Over the years, many Brock faculty earned doctorate degrees at UB, and UB faculty have served as consultants in the development of programs and curricula at Brock.
Recently, the UB Regional Institute partnered with Brock’s Niagara Observatory in data collection and policy studies relating to the binational Niagara region. Research collaboration is expanding in areas from digital humanities to applied health sciences.
The universities have long collaborated in the area of Canadian studies and are preparing to launch a joint master’s program in Canadian-American studies.