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UoC Global

The University of Cologne (UoC) sees itself as a globally active and interconnected university. Its research and teaching – embedded within the UN Sustainable Development Goals – as a global responsibility for shaping the development of science and education, society and living conditions. Active participation in global networks strengthens its impact, contributes to shaping the higher education and living landscapes 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.

Our Global Responsibility Projects combine 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 It is the task of a university to generate and spread knowledge in order to overcome outdated concepts and raise global awareness.

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.
UNIMED – Mediterranean Universities Union

UNIMED – Mediterranean Universities Union

Network of Higher Education and Research Institutions, active in promoting academic cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region and in Sub-Saharan Africa, in Middle East and in Western Balkans.


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

 International Research Hubs

Collaborative Research Centres

The CRCs of the German Research Foundation (DFG) are long-term research institutions at universities, designed to last up to twelve years, in which scientists work together within the framework of an interdisciplinary research program. They enable innovative, demanding, elaborate and long-term research projects to be carried out by coordinating and concentrating people and resources at the applicant universities. In this way, they serve to establish institutional priorities and structures.

 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.

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Guidelines for International Cooperation