Strategic Alliance

Together, more than we could alone, we create, grow and innovate for a better future.

Together, we excel in transformative education and world-class research.


Bold, modern, industry and people-focused

The University of Aberdeen, Curtin University and the University of Calgary have formed a strategic alliance.

The existing strategic alliance between Aberdeen and Curtin has expanded to accommodate the additional strengths of UCalgary. These three universities are leading champions of the energy transition, and share mutual strengths and goals for a sustainable future. 

Through education and research, we seek to work together in partnership to have a positive impact locally, nationally and globally. 

Spanning three continents, the new alliance will: 

  • Support local, national and global stakeholders in the delivery of a just energy transition and a sustainable future for the world.
  • Make a positive impact across the communities we serve.
  • Develop engaged, globally competent citizens by providing them with opportunities to study and research.

About The University of Aberdeen

Established in 1495, The University of Aberdeen has an outstanding history of pioneering discoveries which have changed thinking and practice in medicine, science, arts and humanities over five centuries. The University supports and promotes research excellence in all its many forms.

The University has numerous connections with universities in North America, Africa and across Europe.

Situated in a beautiful central campus where ancient buildings sit side by side with outstanding modern facilities, there are more than 120 taught master degrees on offer and endless opportunities for research.


About Curtin University

Curtin University is an innovative, global university based in Western Australia, with campuses in Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia and Mauritius, and partnerships with institutions across the globe. Curtin’s mission is to change minds, lives and the world through leadership, innovation and excellence in teaching and research.

Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2022), Curtin is a university where ideas and cultures combine to create a place of endeavour and achievement.

UCalgary students

About The University of Calgary

We've been ranked amongst the world's top universities and we've done it by pushing our limits, challenging ourselves to do better, and seeking knowledge – wherever that journey takes us. We're never afraid to question conventional wisdom, and we share what we find openly and eagerly. It's an approach that's led to exponential growth since we were founded in 1966.

The University of Calgary is spread across five campuses, with several field stations and unique facilities, each with its own distinctive purpose, setting and character.


Delegation attends a White Hat Ceremony

Since 1950, Calgarians have been proudly presenting the white cowboy hats to visitors, dignitaries and guests. An iconic symbol of Calgary’s international reputation for unrivalled hospitality and our passion to be the Ultimate Hosts, Calgary’s identification with the white hat began when local Calgary hat maker, Smithbilt Hats, introduced the first white cowboy hat in 1946.

Information Session on Strategic Alliance and University of Aberdeen

UCalgary was honoured to welcome Prof. George Boyne, Principal and Vice-Chancellor; Prof. Pete Edwards, Vice-Principal, Regional Engagement; and Liza Boffen-Yordanov, Director of Advancement from the University of Aberdeen this September to discuss the Alliance and opportunities for collaboration.

An information session was delivered to the senior leadership team, researchers, exchange students, and other members of the UCalgary community on the University of Aberdeen and the Strategic Alliance, as well as funding opportunities and mechanism to enhance collaboration between the institutions. Jonathan Turner, the British Consulate-General in Calgary, was in attendance and spoke of the importance of the partnership and highlighted funding mechanisms available through UKRI to support mobility and research.

Strategic Alliance Launch Event 2022

The strategic alliance announcement was made at a signing ceremony and panel discussion at the Barcelona 2022 European Association for International Education Conference on Sept. 15 and attended by representatives of the three universities.