International delegations visit UCSC to develop and strengthen partnerships

Aerial photo of the UCSC campus

This fall, delegations from Queen’s University Belfast and Aarhus University visit UCSC while touring the main campus and coastal science campus, bringing opportunities for new and deepening partnerships.

Michael Alcorn, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Music, and Anya O’Connor, Senior International Officer from Queen’s University Belfast visited campus on October 25th to discuss the establishment of a new partnership with UCSC. The visitors met with departmental leadership in Anthropology, Economics, Politics, and Film & Digital Media to explore opportunities for collaboration, including student exchange and faculty travel to engage in seminar talks to uncover research synergies. 

From Aarhus University, Rikke Nielsen, International Director and Kristine Kilsaa, Vice Dean of Education, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Professor of Chemistry, will visit the UCSC campus on November 14 and 15. The delegation will explore opportunities to strengthen the Aarhus partnership with UCSC to facilitate greater faculty collaboration and research, connect with local Danish companies for student internships, and share opportunities for UCSC students to engage in graduate study at Aarhus.

Queen’s University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group, an elite grouping of research-intensive universities in the U.K., of which existing UCSC partner, University of Leeds is also a member.

Aarhus University has been a partner of UCSC since 2017.

Use GlobalConnect, the division’s international connections and activities database, to find information about the institutions that UC Santa Cruz is engaged with throughout the world.

Visit the agreements section of the Global Engagement website to propose a new partnership. For questions about the proposal or development of an agreement, contact Director of Global Initiatives George Sabo at

Through delegation visits, the Division of Global Engagement develops meaningful international partnerships to enhance student mobility, research, online learning initiatives, and faculty and staff opportunities.

Broadening and deepening institutional partnerships with universities abroad is key to our Strategic Plan for Internationalization.

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