Manchester Metropolitan University

Global Connections

We work successfully in partnership with institutions and sponsors across the globe.

Global in our outlook, we are well connected through partnerships with UK and international organisations.

Our staff are developing deeper and more productive partnerships in many key markets around the world to broaden our reach and influence in learning, teaching and knowledge exchange.

Our research is rated as internationally excellent with proven impact on the economy, society, culture, public policy and quality of life. Our expertise in a wide range of research areas enables us to develop valuable knowledge exchange partnerships and research partnerships with many other universities worldwide.

Each year, we invite distinguished academics to come to Manchester as visiting professors to conduct lectures and seminars for our staff and students. We host a number of international conferences and have joint research and consultancy projects with networks of universities across Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Asia.

These global connections allow us to build a diverse higher education network in order to reach new students and provide invaluable opportunities to our UK students.

Global connections:

Below is a selection of our global work and impact, delivered in collaboration with higher education institutions and industry. 

Sustainable Cities

Developing viable entrepreneurial solutions for smart sustainable cities

The Sustainability Alliance of Urban Networks in Asian Cities (SAUNAC) is a group of 11 leading European and Vietnamese universities brought together with funding from the European Union to address some of the many challenges to creating more sustainable cities in Vietnam.

Circular Economies

Boosting Circular Economy Expertise through Learning Communities (BECOME)

The BECOME project aims to foster the skills of the future experts in Circular Economy. It is a collaboration with Turku University of Applied Sciences; Stichting Hogeschool, Amsterdam; Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm; and corporate partners: CirBES Circular Business and Engineering Systems AB, Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto Oy, Heijmans Nederland and Kellogg Management Services.

Crowd Science

Research and consultative crowd science support

Our work in crowd science is having a positive impact on people's safety. Our research in the field maintains a stable of world-leading international corporate consultancy clients, including the holding group of the Burj Khalifa (world’s tallest structure and single most visited site), Emaar Properties.

Institute of Place Management

Researching place change and influencing practice and policy

We host an international corporate body, the Institute of Place Management – one of the leading global forums for research and teaching in this emergent discipline. Its pioneering work on the management of places such as city and town centres has reached a global audience of 18 million.

Financial technology

Ahlia University

Our emergent partnership with Ahlia University, Bahrain, one of the leading private Business Schools in the Gulf, will lead to joint research in the field of financial technology, as well as leading to the joint delivery of a ‘first in region’ postgraduate taught programme in this area.

Programme connections

Creating pathways to our programmes in more markets

We have a number of recruitment-focused partnerships including joint programmes, dual awards and wide-ranging articulations with: Assumption and Rangsit Universities, Thailand; Ningbo University, China; Anhui University, China; Sanda University, China; Multi Media University, Malaysia; Vietnam National University and University of Windsor, Canada.

Research connections

Deliver insights and ideas that benefit the world

Research-based alliances with world-class partners including the National University of Science & Technology, Pakistan (QS World rank 437th); Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering, Pakistan; University of Cape Town (QS World rank 191st); University of Stellenbosch (QS World rank 171st) and Christ College, India.

Faculty connections

Broadening perspectives and bringing new dimensions to the university experience

We have a growing number of international collaborations with academic institutions, where faculty travel to teach, enhance the reputation and recognition of the school and develop their understanding of teaching and research in their discipline; including Hong Kong University SPACE, the Higher School of Economics in Russia and Chengdu University of Information Technology in China.

For more examples of the Business School’s international work, see our news feed and follow us on Twitter.


Student exchange

International PhD exchange

Our Centre of International Business and Innovation is the lead institution in the International PhD Exchange Programme with European universities including:

  • University of Frankfurt, Germany
  • University of Sienna, Italy
  • University of Murcia, Spain
  • University of Agder, Norway.

Incoming student exchange
Our undergraduate International Business programme welcomes over 70 exchange students each year from around the world. Students have the option to join the programme for the full academic year or come for one term. Students can pick from a wide selection of classes offered from our Management, Marketing, Operations and Digital Business, and Accounting, Finance and Economics departments.
We also have partnership agreements with colleges around the world, through which students can progress smoothly, and with the full support of both their college and the Business School, to complete honours degrees in Manchester.

Outgoing student exchange
Undergraduate students of the Business School can choose to study at one of our partner universities in Europe through the Erasmus+ programme, or travel further to study abroad at one of our worldwide partners in Australia, the USA, China, Malaysia or Japan.

Find out more about our exchange partners

International Buddy Scheme

The International Buddy Scheme supports international students settling into their new life abroad and helps develop the global mindset of all our Manchester Met students. This is a unique opportunity for students to gain a greater understanding of diverse cultures and broader worldview.

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Celebrating our global diversity

Our inaugural International Diversity Exhibition and International Diversity Dinner brought together students and staff to celebrate our global student population. These events gave visitors a wonderful insight into the countries that our students call “home” and an opportunity to share our connectivity and embrace our diversity.

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The MMenU Recipe Book

At Manchester Metropolitan University, we are proud of the multi-cultural diversity that is at our very foundations. Our aim is to encourage and celebrate the diversity of our student population.

Food plays a key role in a nation’s culture – something that embodies the very roots of the place and people within a community.

We invite you to leave your legacy and give us an insight into the rich culture of your world by contributing to our university recipe book.


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