Global

We are part of a global community, and we face challenges that can only be addressed by collaborating with our colleagues around the world.

Imperial is one of the UK’s most international universities. Our staff and students come from more than 140 countries offering diverse perspectives, new ideas, and fresh approaches to complex problems. Two thirds of our research has an international co-author.

"Our staff and students come from more than 140 countries offering diverse perspectives, new ideas, and fresh approaches to complex problems."

Imperial is a European university. We have published more than 60,000 research papers with European partners within the last decade – and we are working to grow that figure over the coming years. We established the European Partners Fund (see Internal funding opportunities) to support our collaborative research and have forged major new partnerships with CNRS of France – Europe’s largest fundamental research organisation – as well as the Technical University of Munich.

We offer global student placements including undergraduate exchanges and our Global Fellows Programme for postgraduates. We have several seed funds with partner institutions to support early stage research projects. We also host a series of Global Science Policy Forums to bring diplomats and science attachés together with researchers, industry experts and UK government officials.

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Professor Tarun Ramadorai, from the Imperial College Business School, launching the Indian Household Finance Report at the Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis.

Indian household finance review

A major review of household finances for the Reserve Bank of India by Tarun Ramadorai, Professor, Chair of Financial Economics, reveals the challenges that Indians face in being able to participate efficiently in the formal financial system. It provides extensive empirical evidence and data, and contains policy recommendations to address the issues in the current Indian financial framework.

The report shows that if Indian households were to move away from investing in physical assets such as gold and real estate, and efficiently utilise financial services such as insurance, pensions, and short-term loans, they could boost their annual incomes and gain confidence to make wiser financial decisions to improve their long-term security. The data and analysis together with the policy recommendations in the report have the potential to transform Indian household finances for the better.

Water infrastructure for schistosomiasis-endemic regions

Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease affecting over 250 million people in 78 countries worldwide. Education campaigns about the risks of exposure to contaminated water and improved access to safe water supplies and sanitation should, in theory, break the life cycle of the disease. However, there is limited information about the effectiveness of water treatment processes at removing or inactivating the parasite, and there is no rapid and cheap means to detect the parasite in water samples.

Dr Michael Templeton, from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is leading a three year research programme that will bring together water engineers, synthetic biologists, parasitologists, and social scientists in the UK, Ethiopia and Tanzania. The programme aims to address gaps in critical knowledge to guide the design of sustainable water infrastructure for schistosomiasis-endemic regions.