E. Asia

Imperial College London is very active in the East Asia region, with several key institutional partners particularly in China and South Korea.


Imperial collaborates with Chinese partners on global issues including pandemic preparedness, anti-microbial resistance, environmental sustainability, climate change and food security.   

There are significant research relationships with China in science, engineering, medicine and business including mathematics, computing, data science, public health, offshore energy, environmental engineering and entrepreneurship.

Tsinghua’s ‘x-lab’ is a partner for the Enterprise Lab’s virtual entrepreneurship programme, the Global Challenge Lab, a programme that brings together hundreds of students and alumni from across the world to grow their international network, gain new skills and create new ideas that help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Information for Chinese students can be found here.

South Korea

Imperial College London has a series of exciting and growing connections with leading institutions in the Republic of Korea. Imperial was honoured to welcome the South Korean President to Imperial in November 2013 and then in May 2014 Imperial’s Provost James Stirling led a senior academic delegation to South Korea. There is also an active student body from Korea, and a growing alumni presence as well.

Key partners include KAIST, Seoul National University and POSTECH, with whom we are working in many areas of complementary strengths, such as plastic electronics, quantum technology, environmental science, theoretical physics, hydrogen fuel cells, mechanical engineering, brain sciences and more.


In March 2023 Imperial and University of Tokyo announced a new strategic partnership for cleantech and energy research. It builds on major industry-research centres in climate repair and energy systems that both partners have with Hitachi Ltd. The partnership was announced by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at a UK-Japan business forum ahead of the G7 Summit in Hiroshima.

Imperial has strong links with Tokyo Tech across research and education. There is ongoing research collaboration across chemistry, bioengineering, data science, chemical biology and synthetic biology.