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UoC Global

The University of Cologne (UoC) sees itself as a globally active and interconnected university. UoC regards  its research and teaching as a global responsibility for shaping the development of science and education, society and living conditions. Consequently, internationalization as a central issue of its strategic development and as a cross-sectional task in which all units of the University – from its headship over the faculties with their scholars, scientists, and students to the departments of the administration – work together and participate.

Strategy and Structure



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Die European University for Well-Being an der Universität zu Köln
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Coimbra Group

Das Netzwerk von 41 renommierten europäischen Universitäten
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European University Association

The European University Association (EUA) represents more than 850 universities and national rectors’ conferences in 49 European countries.
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China-NRW University Alliance

Fünf Spitzenuniversitäten aus NRW bündeln ihre Interessen, um die Beziehungen zu den Partnern in China zu stärken
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Ghana-NRW University Alliance

A consortium of six universities from North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) aiming to foster academic excellence and promote research collaboration with universities in Ghana
Scholars at Risk Network

Scholars at Risk Network

The network is engaged around the globe to support threatened scholars and academic freedom.
UNITE Cologne

UNITE Cologne

University Network for Internationalisation in Teacher Education Cologne
Eastern Partnership University Cluster

Eastern Partnership University Cluster

Consortium of universities from the European Union and the Eastern Partnership countries systematically expanding cooperation in education, science, and research
Türk Alman Üniversitesi / Türkisch-Deutsche Universität

Türk Alman Üniversitesi / Türkisch-Deutsche Universität

The Turkish state university is supported by Germany through a consortium of 38 German universities, including the UoC, and the DAAD.


Expanding internattional networks and partnerships and developing strategies and instruments to use them fruitfully at all levels of academic life, thus promoting its own transformation process, is at the heart of the UoC’s internationalization efforts.   Comprehensive cooperation in research, teaching, and campus management is intensified with a limited number of selected networks and universities. Within the framework of these networks and partnerships, the UoC strives for particularly close networking, e.g. through the intensive exchange of students, doctoral researchers, scholars and scientists, and administrative staff, through joint courses, study programmes and virtual cooperation as well as through joint research and third-party funded projects.

Specific Research Partnerships

Third-party Funded Partner Programs

 International Research Hubs

 Global Responsibility

Global Responsibility combines internationalization with third mission in order to spread and transfer the knowledge generated by the University of Cologne in our local, regional and global networks and contribute to global change. Global Responsibility expresses thereby an attitude, which defines the role and the motivation of a university to act globally. It emphazises that all actions have a global impact which every individual should be aware of. It is the task of a university to generate and spread knowledge in order to overcome outdated concepts and raise global awareness.

The UoC sees its research and teaching – embedded within the UN Sustainable Development Goals – in global responsibility for shaping the development of science and education, society, and living conditions. Active participation in European networks strengthens its global impact, contributes to shaping the European higher education and living landscape and provides impulses and global competence also for local activities and initiatives. This brings with it a responsibility to continuously develop one’s own institution, which is promoted through competent participation in all areas addressed.

 Cologne International Forum (CIF)

The Cologne International Forum (CIF) was established in 2022 in order to offer a platform to showcase, foster, and bring together the existing international activities in research and teaching at the University of Cologne and to stimulate new innovative, international cooperations.

As a new institution, it is - and will remain for some time - a work in progress: The first cluster and tandems will start their collaborations at the end of 2022, the information provided in the international directory will grow over time, and more events will be planned soon. If you would like to receive news from the CIF, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Guidelines for International Cooperation