International research partnerships

International Alliance of Research Universities

The International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), established in 2006, is a network of 11 international research-intensive universities. UCT was invited to join in 2015 and formally took up membership in 2016. IARU members work together to address the major challenges of our time, providing opportunities to students and staff and promoting joint projects at various levels between member universities.

One of IARU’s flagship projects is the Global Summer Program offered between June and September every year. Each member university presents modules that students from other IARU universities may apply to join. One of the aims of the project is to give international students an experience of different cultures.


  • Australia National University
  • ETH Zurich
  • National University of Singapore
  • Peking University
  • The University of Tokyo
  • University California, Berkeley
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Copenhagen
  • University of Oxford
  • Yale University

Find out more about IARU.