Our host partners

University of Surrey


Set in a beautiful and vibrant campus, the University of Surrey is a research-intensive institution providing exceptional teaching to over 16,000 students, 37% of which are international. In 2017, it was awarded ‘Gold’ in the UK’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

International partnerships 

The university’s global impact is supported by a rich network of strategic partnerships with like-minded institutions. For example, the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) is a collaboration with the universities of São Paulo, North Carolina State and Wollongong, which has driven 45 research projects in areas such as antimicrobial resistance, air pollution and climate change. Surrey is also proud of its relationship with the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics based in Dalian, China.

Notable research areas

  • Surrey’s Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing is an internationally recognised leader in audio-visual machine perception research.
  • Working with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, the university has recently launched the RemoveDEBRIS project, researching active ways to clear up space debris.
  • The QS World University Rankings 2018 placed Surrey’s School of Hospitality and Tourism fourth in the world for hospitality and leisure management.
  • The Surrey Sleep Research Centre is home to forward-thinking multidisciplinary approaches to pre-clinical and clinical sleep research.
  • In 2015, Surrey’s world-class 5G Innovation Centre was opened to pioneer the next generation of wireless telecommunication technologies.
  • Also in 2015, Surrey opened one of only eight vet schools in the UK to feature exceptional clinical skills facilities and one of the best veterinary pathology centres in Europe.


As well as the 5G Innovation Centre and School of Veterinary Medicine, Surrey boasts the multidisciplinary Innovation for Health building, opened in 2017 to bring together expertise from health and biomedical sciences, data science and biomedical engineering.

Learn more about University of Surrey.

University of Wollongong


The University of Wollongong (UOW) has become a benchmark for Australia’s new generation of universities. Ranked 16th in the world in the QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings 2019 and 32nd in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2018, it has built an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality.

UOW offers 300-plus degree programmes to more than 32,000 students in 10 campuses around the world, with close to 6,000 international students taking up places at its Australian campuses each year. UOW Dubai has been in operation for more than 20 years and, in 2015, UOW became the first overseas-based university to enter Hong Kong when it was selected to take custodianship of the Community College of City University Hong Kong (CCCU).

Research strengths

With a focus on better health outcomes, early childhood research, sustainability and scientific advancement, UOW’s researchers are focused on working towards solving local and global challenges in collaboration with companies and the community. Wollongong’s Innovation Campus, a 33-hectare research and technology precinct, hosts, among other organisations, the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM), the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) and the iAccelerate Centre, a business incubator programme housing more than 280 start-ups.

UOW’s other research institutes include:

  • the Early Start Research Institute (ESRI);
  • the Smart Infrastructure Research Facility (SMART);
  • the Australian Research Centre (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage;
  • the newly established Molecular Horizons: Centre for Molecular and Life Science.

On the horizon

UOW’s planned 7.5 hectare Health and Wellbeing Precinct will include Australia’s first primary and community health clinic, as well as aged-care and retirement living facilities, and research and teaching programmes. Construction is set to commence in 2020.

State-of-the-art student performance theatres and rehearsal spaces, along with film, media arts, digital design and music studios, are also in the pipeline.

Learn more about University of Wollongong.