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A convening platform to promote and support the College's sustainable development research, education and innovation 

Imperial is one of the world’s top universities with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university. International collaboration underpins our global scientific strength: 55% of Imperial publications are the product of international research collaborations, spanning 192 countries.

The Global Development Hub serves as a convening platform to utilise Imperial’s global impact on sustainable development and the SDGs as a world-leading STEM institution.

The Hub supports the building of equitable partnerships to support research impact in a global development context. We offer a community-building network to support new multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral research partnerships focused on global development challenges, bringing together academia, government/policymakers, NGOs, civil society and industry.

The Hub develops and pilots coordinated education activities for global development, that will be co-created with partners in Lower Middle Income Countries.  Programmes will seek to develop solutions for locally formulated challenges and embed research and innovation skills with global relevance. We offer a platform to support education and student experience at Imperial, linking to and developing programmes that instil in students a passion for sustainable development and the skills and thinking needed to rise the challenge of the UN SDGs and the legacy beyond them.

The Hub seeks to co-design and co-deliver a series of Enterprise Lab affiliate programmes in Lower Middle Income Countries, with a specific initial focus on partners in Africa.  We offer a series of SDG-focused access points to the research and innovation ecosystem at Imperial, covering dozens of research centres of excellence and profiling the mission-driven start-ups, SMEs and industry research centres constantly emerging from our labs, hackspaces and incubators.

The Hub's strategy and activity is guided by an Academic Advisory Group made up of colleagues from across all sections of the College and led by two Academic Chairs.  The Group reports to the Vice Provost (Research and Education) and Vice President (International), enabling the Hub's activities to align with key institutional strategies and initiatives. The Hub is supported and co-ordinated by the College's International Relations Office.