Since 2004, researchers from Imperial have co-published more than 4,000 articles with colleagues based at institutions in Australia and New Zealand.
The College has a community of over 70 students from Australia and New Zealand. The majority of these students are studying undergraduate programmes with a strong tendency towards Engineering and Natural Sciences.
Relations between Imperial and Australian institutions have grown solidly during the last decade: Australia is now ranked as the 11th strongest international collaborator with Imperial in terms of joint-publications.
In 2012, Rio Tinto (an Australian-British metals and mining corporation) partnered with Imperial on its Global Education Partnerships Programme. This enables a selection of students to undertake a Rio Tinto summer research placement at the University of Queensland in Australia.
Among others, the College shares partnerships with the University of New South Wales, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, and the University of Sydney. The University of Melbourne is cooperating with Imperial on a respiratory health study, partnering with the European Community Respiratory Health Survey in Australia. There is also other joint research taking place in other areas such as marketing and chemistry.
Links with New Zealand have also been expanding, particularly in the Earth Sciences and Engineering field. Imperial’s academics are currently working alongside colleagues at GNS Science in New Zealand on a project focusing on the underlying causes and early warning signs of rare tsunami earthquakes. With this joint partnership, both parties aim to improve early detection methods in this category of natural disasters.