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Consortiums and Networks

Networks co-founded by PolyU

International Strategic Technology Alliance (ISTA)

Initiated by PolyU in 1995, renowned universities with proven records in technology transfer were invited to form an “International Strategic Technology Alliance”. 

The alliance now has 26 institutional members from the Chinese mainland, the U.K. and the U.S. and they are committed to promoting applied research and consultancy services on an international scale that benefit both the institutions and the society at large. Joint research centres and laboratories have been formed among the ISTA member universities to strengthen the research capabilities on specific technological areas.

The University Social Responsibility Network (USR)

Initiated by PolyU with a view to advancing and promoting university social responsibility in the global arena has been officially inaugurated in 2015. 

The Network, with 12 renowned universities across the globe as the founding members, will focus on collaboration on student programmes, research, student and faculty exchange, etc. In the initial stage, service-learning and sustainable campus are among the focal areas for collaboration.

University Alliance of the Silk Road (UASR)

Inaugurated in 2015, UASR comprises about 100 leading universities from 18 countries / regions on “One Belt, One Road”. 

It aims to create an educational cooperation platform, supporting and steering exchanges and collaborations in education, science and technology, and cultural exchanges between member universities.

World Cities World Class University Network (WC2)

Established in 2010, PolyU is a core founding member of the WC2 University Network, which provides a platform for academics and researchers from member universities located in the heart of major cities to exchange expertise and generate solutions to address major issues confronting world cities through collaboration. 

The Network focuses on five strands - Business, Eco-Campus, Global Cultures, Health, Transport – and promotes joint research to address the major economic, social and environmental challenges the world cities and society face today.

Networks PolyU has joined as a member

Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE)

It is an international non-profit organization whose goal is to activate and reinforce the internationalization of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and to engage the professional challenges of individuals in international education. 

APAIE is a constituent-led organization made up of more than 1,000 international education professionals - from professors to rectors to international exchange coordinators - with a passion for the Asia Pacific region and internationalism. Every year, PolyU will participate in the annual APAIE conference to meet with existing partners to deepen the collaborations and potential institutions to explore opportunities.

Eurasia-Pacific Uninet (EPU)

Founded in 2000, it is the largest sovereign university network of its kind within Europe. EPU is strongly supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research and the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research.

Its objective is to promote multilateral scientific partnerships between Austrian universities, universities of applied sciences, other research institutions and member institutions in East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia and the Pacific region. It supports interdisciplinary scientific exchange between its member institutions through scholarships for Post Docs and Ph.D. students coming to Austria, projects and summer schools.

European Association for International Education (EAIE)

Founded in 1989 as the European leadership centre for expertise, networking and resources in the internationalisation of higher education, serving individuals actively involved in the internationalisation of their institutions through a combination of training, conferences and knowledge acquisition and sharing. 

It has a total of over 2,500 individual members from over 80 countries. Every year, PolyU will participate in the annual EAIE conference to meet with existing partners to deepen the collaborations and potential institutions to explore opportunities.

Institute of International Education: Global Engineering Education Exchange (IIE: Global E3)


Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3) is an exchange program for engineering students: a student can study abroad while continuing to pay tuition at home. Over 70 universities worldwide comprise the Global E3 consortium. This consortium is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York, under the guidance of the member-elected Executive Committee. Global E3 exchanges about 250-300 students a year.

IIE implements many of the world’s most prestigious scholarship programs including the Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3) which was established by a group of leading universities around the world in 1995. Global E3 is a pioneering consortium that enables undergraduate engineering students to take part in exchanges among 70 participating universities in 20 countries.

National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA)

Founded in 1948 as the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers. The association's scope soon expanded and it is now the world's largest non-profit association dedicated to international education and exchange. It has 10,000 members from more than 3,500 institutions in over 150 countries. 

NAFSA aims to advance international education and access to education worldwide by managing scholarships, training, exchange and leadership programmes, conducting research and facilitating policy dialogue on global higher education. Every year, PolyU will participate in the annual NAFSA conference to meet with existing partners to deepen the collaborations and potential institutions to explore opportunities.

The Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL)

Founded in 1956 as a non-governmental organisation in Bangkok, Thailand, of the heads of eight state universities in Southeast Asia. It has more than 170 member institutions in 15 Asian countries, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, New Zealand, Sweden and USA. 

ASAIHL aims to assist member institutions to achieve international distinction in teaching, research and public service. Every year, PolyU will encourage academics to participate in the annual ASAIHL Conference.

The Talloires Network

Inaugurated in 2005, the Talloires Network is an international association of institutions committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. The Network works together to implement the recommendations of the Talloires Declaration and build a global movement of engaged universities.

The Network is guided by an elected Steering Committee of 15 members. 10 are current or former heads of higher education institutions, 3 are heads of national or regional higher education networks for university civic engagement, and 2 are student representatives. Since its founding conference, the Network has grown to over 360 members in 77 countries with a combined enrollment of over 6 million students. 

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