International reach

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We enhance the global impact of the Business School through international partnerships with world-class universities, alumni, companies, institutions and policy makers.

With over 200 academic staff from around the globe, we celebrate our diversity and benefit hugely from the international experience of our academic staff, students and alumni.

We are globally renowned, holding international accreditations and performing strongly in global league tables and rankings.

The University of Leeds is also ranked 37th in the THE Most International Universities in the World 2022.

On this page you can read more about the Business Schools international reach, including:


Our aim is to produce world-class research, which is international in nature, scope and impact. We collaborate with the best academics and institutions globally, as well as working across disciplines to find real world solutions to global challenges. Read more about our international research.

Student experience

We ensure our graduates have real global and cultural insight and we offer a range of international opportunities, projects, and study programmes to give them hands on experience. With over 5,000 students from around 100 countries, the School is establishing initiatives to connect students from different cultures and backgrounds.

Working with international business

As well as international research collaborations we work with organisations globally to deliver bespoke leadership development programmes and create industry-focused opportunities for our students. Find out more about how we work with businesses.

Strategic partners

The School has established international projects and collaborations with strategic partners across the globe. Not only do these partnerships engage with research, student education and opportunity and our staff, but they also help to build our reputation internationally. Current strategic partnerships include:

University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), China     

Leeds University Business School is partnered with University of International Business and Economics to offer a business-focused Confucius Institute.

HELP University Malaysia 

A collaborative programme in which students spend two years at HELP University Malaysia and two years at Leeds University Business School.

Zhejiang University School of Management, China

Leeds University Business School and the Zhejiang School of Management collaborated on a Joint Research Centre.


The school forms part of a number of global networks with other business schools and institutions around the world, in order to further the impact of our research and enhance student experience.

Founding member of The Alliance of Chinese & European Business Schools (ACE)

The Alliance of Chinese & European Business Schools (ACE) founded in 2013/14, sits under the patronage of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), Europe's largest network association in the field of management development. Twenty business schools, ten in China and ten in Europe, including the University of Leeds were founding members of the Alliance. ACE will focus on academic excellence and the synergy between research and education in order to better prepare the next generation of executives.

Global Business School Network (GBSN)

We are a member of the Global Business School Network GBSN, a non-profit organisation that partners with business schools, industry, foundations and aid agencies to improve access to quality, locally relevant management and entrepreneurship education for the developing world. It has a growing network of over 100 leading business schools on 6 continents.

International advisory board

We receive external guidance and support from our International Advisory Board (IAB). The board members provide independent external advice and assisting in developing corporate and institutional relationships. Read more about our international advisory board


We have over 30,000 alumni in more than 145 countries across the globe. Find out more about our alumni community.

Contact us

If you want to understand more about our international projects, or are interested in collaborating with us, then please send us an email (