International cooperations

Due to the growing importance of international collaboration and exchange, Kiel University has established far-ranging relationships with higher-education institutions in Germany and abroad that ensure the university's integration in the global network of academic relations.
University partnership agreements have been concluded with around 50 universities in Europe, America and Asia. Agreements for a strategic partnership have been signed with Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland and Dalhousie University in Canada.

The university’s involvement in EU-funded research and exchange projects (such as more than 220 ERASMUS partner universities and with around 430 bilateral agreements) illustrates the intensive interconnection. In addition, CAU was also involved in the EU programmes TEMPUS and LEONARDO, before the ERASMUS programme was restructured into ERASMUS+.

On account of its geographical location and since its foundation, the CAU has been linked with all the Scandinavian countries and the Baltic Sea region, not just with neighbouring Denmark. Numerous partnership agreements and intensive exchange relations with universities exist here, therefore making the region a strategic partner region. The lively relationships to several universities in these countries are reflected in the foundation of a German-Norwegian Study Centre, which has existed for over 30 years.

The state of Schleswig-Holstein concluded a partnership agreement with the Chinese province of Zhejiang (not far from Shanghai) in 1986. In the same year CAU concluded agreements with Zhejiang Medical University, Zhejiang Agricultural University and Hangzhou University, which merged with a fourth university in Hangzhou to become Zhejiang University in 1998. The CAU partnership agreements migrated to this new university in September 1998. A new agreement with Zhejiang University was signed in May 2002 when a delegation from Hangzhou visited Kiel. A representative office of the Business Development and Technology Transfer Corporation of Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (WTSH) has also been in place there since 1996. Long term, intensive exchange activities make Zhejiang University a strategic partner for CAU.

When the city partnership between Kiel and San Francisco was concluded in September 2017, CAU increased its activities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Intensive, individual research collaborations have existed for a long time with several universities and research institutes in the San Francisco city and region, such as with Stanford University or the San Francisco State University. The CAU would like to strengthen and expand the transfer and entrepreneurship activities in this region via The Bay Areas association (CAU is one of the founding members) and the Schleswig-Holstein office in San Francisco, and thus develop it into another strategic partner region.

South America - Brazil in particular - has received more attention over the past few years, too. Both the university-internal survey on the Wissenschaft ohne Grenzen (science without borders) funding programme which was conducted several years ago, as well as the current overview of co-publications by CAU scientists with their Brazilian colleagues prove that many members of CAU maintain intensive and sometimes long term contact with Brazilian universities and research institutes. In addition, CAU is an associated member since November 2018 in the network of the German Centres for Research and Innovation (DWIH) in São Paulo, Brazil.

In addition to the partnership agreements, the university also benefits from numerous contacts between its employees and fellow researchers around the world. These contacts often form the basis for guest lectures and ideas for research projects and other co-operations and lead to a lively exchange of information and students outside of the official channels.

Due to  the growing importance of international collaboration and exchange, Kiel University has established far-ranging relationships with higher-education institutions in Germany and abroad that ensure the university's integration in the global network of academic relations.