Academic & Research Partners

Our partnerships

Our Academic Partnerships are focussed and defined by our participation in Erasmus+, AACSB, and EFMD networks of universities and business schools. Our academic partnerships must provide value to our development as an international business school and the overall execution of our strategic plan

Within Erasmus+ we collaborate with partners, either by initiating research project funding and inviting existing or new partners to join us, or by joining existing projects and forging new partnerships. The criteria for venturing into new partnerships and maintaining existing partnerships are described in our Erasmus+ policy, and are directly derived from our mission and vision, supported by our values.

Whilst being a business school, our Erasmus+ research projects, and the partnerships we have established within them are not always directly related to business, however often related to our values of internationalisation diversity and ethics, within a higher education framework. An overview of ongoing Erasmus+ projects and our partnerships within these projects can be found here:

Our participation in the Erasmus+ also extends to student and staff mobility and several our partners outside of the research projects also work with us on mobility. We also have a number of Academic Partners outside of the European Erasmus project, however since becoming members of AACSB and EFMD, this is our policy to give priority to partnerships within these networks.

Research and Development Networks

An important network in which Wittenborg and its staff maintain and establish new partnerships is the European Association of International Education (EAIE), which also holds a large conference yearly.

Wittenborg is also involved in the board of EuroCHRIEa European association for hospitality and tourism educators in the higher education sector, that also holds a conference on a yearly basis and supports the publication of research in the sector. Within EuroChrie, and its parent ICHRIE, we have also established a number of long-term key academic partnerships.

Are you interested in our academic partnerships, or would you like to become a partner then please contact our partnership desk at

List of Academic Partners

Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences currently has partner agreements with the international universities and education partners listed below. For details of our Erasmus+ university partnerships please go here.

University of Brighton (UK)

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Wittenborg has an ongoing Institutional Memorandum of Cooperation with the University of Brighton (UK).

Website: University of Brighton

Deakin University (Australia)

Wittenborg has signed its first partnership agreement with Deakin University, Australia, which was ranked in the top 1% of the world’s universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) last year and it has just entered the Top 200.

WUAS aims to develop a double degree Masters with Deakin which will allow students to study in Australia as part of their programme.

Deakin is accredited by AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), and is in the process of obtaining accreditation EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System). The most sought after international accreditations for business schools are AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS). Only about 90 schools around the world hold this so-called “triple crown” accreditation. Wittenborg is in the process of obtaining both AACSB and AMBA (Association of MBAs) accreditation. 

Financial University (Russia)

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Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation (established in 1919 as the Moscow Institute of Economics & Finance) is a large Russian university with around fifty thousand students, and is developing life-long learning programmes. 

Wittenborg and Financial University are developing a joint MBA, as well as student and faculty exchange programmes. 

Website: Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation

Shanghai Business School (China)

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Wttenborg University has had a partnership with SBS since 2011 and its students visit the Shanghai Business School campus on a yearly study and culture week. Shanghai Business School students can study at Wittenborg through Credit Transfer agreements that allow them to take their credits back to Shanghai for graduation. SBS students are also entitled to special scholarships on Wittenborg's MSc programmes.

Website: Shanghai Business School

Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance (China)

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Since 2011, Wittenborg has been developing an exchange programme with the Shanghai Finance University that allows for a student exchange. Students from SFU can spend 1 semester (1/2 a year) following modules of the IBA in Financial Services Management, and Wittenborg students can spend a half year period gaining credits at the Shanghai Finance University in China.

Website: Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance

Shanghai University of Sport (China)

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Wttenborg UAS has had a partnership with Shanghai University of Sport (SUoS) since 2017. Both parties pledge to cooperate in a spirit of greater understanding, to deepen friendly relationships, and to strengthen the ties of mutual benefit. Wittenborg UAS and SUoS will collaborate in joint academic activities, including the exchange of faculty and students, the exchange of scholarly materials and publications, and the offer of short-term programmes.

Website: Shanghai University of Sport

Shandong Weifang University of Science & Technology

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In 2018, Wittenborg UAS and Shandong Weifang University of Science & Technology (WFUST) entered into an agreement of collaboration within the Tourism & Hospitality Management programmes. The collaboration focuses on “3+1” Joint Bachelor's Programme for Junior College Students and “4+1.5” Joint Master’s Programme for Bachelor Students from WFUST.

Website: Shandong Weifang University of Science & Technology

IU International University of Applied Sciences

Erasmus+ partner in the research project IQAinAR (Enhancement of internal quality assurance of education in teaching, learning and assessment in HEIs of Azerbaijan and Russia)

International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef is a state-recognized and accredited private university in Germany, with over 550 employees and professors and around 27,000 students, IUBH has been successfully offering bachelor and master degrees at the highest level for over ten years. In particular, our range of distance learning courses makes innovative use of today's available media options to enable our students to study at their own pace, at their own place and at their own time - completely online, without the need to be present. This guarantees maximum flexibility. Exemplary for P4 innovative methods online exams, with which students can take their exams on-demand 365 days a year. P4 therefore will be responsible for the E-platform development and creation of online training programs.

"The IQAinAR Project aims to support enhancement and development of the IQA of HEIs of partner countries with international (EU) quality standards as benchmark as well as strengthening the HEIs towards local, regional and national policies and strategies implementation. The IQA system has very broad spectrum, and this project will focus on two main areas of IQA of HEI: teaching (teaching, learning and assessment) and teacher (educator, practitioner researcher) as teacher plays key role of QA of teaching. Additionally, IQA lies within a culture of quality awareness, critical review and of continue-improvement attitude and actions within HEI’s. This project is aiming at supporting the further quality culture development within HEI’s of partner countries."

University of Eastern Finland

Wittenborg's Knowledge Partner in the Erasmus+ project "Eco-systems of Open Science Schooling: Making open science schooling a reality for secondary school students"

UEF is a multidisciplinary university, which offers teaching in more than 100 major subjects. We have four faculties: the Philosophical Faculty, the Faculty of Science and Forestry, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies.Within the Philosophical Faculty, the School of Educational Science and Psychology is found. The School has over 900 basic degree students and around 100 postgraduate degree students enrolled.

University of Zagreb

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As part of the Erasmus+ Programme, BBA students and staff at Wittenborg have the opportunity to spend one or two semesters at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Zagreb

The University of Zagreb is one of the oldest universities in Southeastern Europe. Its English-taught Bachelor’s degrees in Business programmes hold the international EPAS Accreditation.  

Wittenborg also warmly welcomes Erasmus+ students and staff at all of its locations. The programme aims to offer people of all ages the opportunity to develop and share their knowledge at institutions in different countries.  

Website: University of Zagreb