A Business School with Global Reach

Our activities have a global reach. We attract staff and students from all corners of the globe, our alumni are spread across the world and we work with over 200 institutions worldwide, through research projects, teaching agreements, programme development, conferences, networks and student programmes.  

The School has international accreditations under the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), the Association of MBAs, and is an approved applicant for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The University is part of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).

As part of the University of Leeds, one of the world’s leading research intensive universities, Leeds University Business School offers staff, students and partners access to tremendous breadth and diversity of international experiences, opportunities and interdisciplinary, internationally recognised  research.

Our International Aims

  • To produce world-class research, which is international in nature, scope and impact.
  • To provide students with global insight through curriculum that is global in focus, based on international research, and supported by international, cross cultural activities.
  • To enhance the global impact of the Business School through the development of international partnerships with world-class universities, alumni, companies, institutions and policy makers.

Our Students

Our International Staff

We are proud of the international diversity of our academic staff. Around 45% are non-UK nationals, from 35 countries.

Our Research

  • Our position reinforced through interdisciplinary research across borders, international research alliances, and published in high profile international journals.
  • We are ranked in the UK top ten for research according to the RAE (2008).

Our international interdisciplinary research projects include:

  • FESSUD – A European Commission funded project on financial systems. Leeds is leading a group of 14 top universities from across Europe and South Africa in a €10m international research project exploring how the financial system could better serve Europe's economic, social and environmental needs.
  • ManETEI – A network of European business schools, aimed at managing emerging technologies.

Read more about our Research and Innovation

Our International Partners

Leeds University Business School works with over 200 institutions worldwide, through research projects, teaching agreements, programme development, conferences, networks and student recruitment. The Leeds brand is known in many markets through the projects and collaborations. 

A small number of partnerships grow into important collaborative projects which engage research, student education, and our staff, helping to build our reputation across borders. Such strategic partnerships include:

Georgia State University, J Mack Robinson College of Business - Atlanta, USA
Michigan State University, Eli Broad College of Business - East Lansing, USA
Zhejiang University School of Management - Hangzhou, China
University of International Business and Economics - Beijing, China

Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds (BCIUL)

Opened in November 2012, the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds (BCIUL) aims to promote the understanding of Chinese culture and the teaching of Mandarin in the UK with particular focus to supporting the regional businesses that hope to invest in China.

The Institute is one of only three Business Confucius Institutes in Europe. It is a non-profit public institution aligned with the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), partnered with the University of International Business & Economics in Beijing.

Our Alumni

  • We have a community of over 21,000 alumni spanning 136 countries.
  • We have over 20 international groups across the world, and more are being developed all the time. They are a great way to stay connected to the Business School and to build your network of contacts.

Read more about our Alumni

For further information about international activities including exchange programmes, research , advanced entry agreements, and international corporate learning please contact Marc Smelik, Head of International Relations: m.smelik@leeds.ac.uk