Approach & Pilot Projects

The central campus administration, through its senior international officer, will work with faculty and a variety of campus constituents to gather information about our existing partnerships, with the goal of identifying those with the greatest potential to be leveraged into broader strategic engagements.

Once identified, modest financial support, as well as focused administrative support and oversight, will be provided as seed funding to broaden the scope of collaborative activities undertaken in the partnership. ISIP will rely on pre-defined, clearly articulated criteria and mechanisms for identifying, cultivating, evaluating, and sustaining strategic international partnerships.

INSPIRE: Illinois–Sweden Program for Educational & Research Exchange


Winner of IIE's 2016 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education, International Partnerships Category

The Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange (INSPIRE) was the pilot project of ISIP to form broad and deep engagements with the three leading institutions of higher education in Stockholm, Sweden: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, and Karolinska Institutet

BRIDGE: Birmingham–Illinois Partnership for Discovery, Engagement & Education


In March 2014, the University of Birmingham and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign formed the BiRmingham-Illinois Partnership for Discovery, EnGagement and Education (BRIDGE) creating a framework for continued collaboration and investment to grow the strategic partnership between the two institutions, and formally launching the second ISIP strategic partnership project. The BRIDGE partnership recognizes the breadth and depth of faculty connections that have flourished over the last four years. Engagement currently spans over 25 established faculty-to-faculty links in 14 key academic disciplines. The BRIDGE framework aims to deepen these existing collaborations and develop wider faculty networks to: build cognate research areas; expand educational exchange opportunities; and strengthen strategic aspirations for institutional engagement.

To this end, the institutions have established a joint BRIDGE Project Seed Fund which permanent members of staff at each institution are encouraged to apply. ISIP seeks proposals from faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for in support of BRIDGE, to initiate new collaborative research, education, or engagement projects with colleagues at the University of Birmingham, or to expand upon existing collaborations. Additional information can be found in the guidelines and application.

Illinois-NTU Global Issues Forum

About Illinois-NTU

The Illinois-NTU Global Issues Forum is an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and National Taiwan University (NTU). This first edition of the Illinois-NTU Global Issues Forum, Smart Cities, Healthy Cities took place in Taipei, Taiwan in 2014 and focused on the cross-disciplinary challenges of global urbanization. Looking at such areas as urban analysis, governance, health, work, networks, the Forum hoped to enhance the value of multidisciplinary collaboration between both research institutions. The debates were designed to provide an ambitious connecting platform for the exchange of expertise across a broad spectrum of knowledge fields.

In the fall of 2017, Illinois will host the second Illinois-NTU Global Issues Forum: Health in Smart Urban Environments The 2017 Forum will explore key challenges and opportunities arising from the dramatic increase in urban populations around the world. The forum will bring together faculty who focus on the development and deployment of technologies to reliable, responsive, and sustainable urban infrastructures, environmental impacts and sustainability issues in expanding urban areas, and human factors that affect and are affected by urban lifestyles.