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.

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. 

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (China)

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The Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) is a leading public university with an emphasis on foreign languages and cultures, overseas economy and trade, and international strategies in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. GDUFS is the Chinese partner institution of the United Nations University Outreach Programme for the training of high-end translators, the founding member of the Conférence Internationale Permanente d'Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes (CIUTI) and the International Federation of Translators (FIT). It is also an important base for the training of international talents and the international dissemination of foreign languages and literature, global economic governance and Chinese culture.

Wittenborg and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies are developing bachelor to master progression programmes, as well as student and faculty exchange programmes. 

Website: Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University (China)

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The Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University (GPNU) is a provincial public university in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. The main task of the university is to train qualified teachers for all kinds of secondary vocational schools and higher vocational schools at all levels. GPNU is with Master’s Degree granting authority. GPNU began to enroll undergraduates in 1977 and post-graduates in 2006 and overseas students in 2000. The university has established good cooperative relations with colleges and universities from the USA, UK, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, and other countries or regions.

Wittenborg has had its partnership with Shanghai Polytechnic University (SPU) since 2023, cooperating in student exchange programmes, summer school, etc.

Website: Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University

Guangzhou Institute of Science and Technology (China)

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Wittenborg has had its partnership with Shanghai Polytechnic University (SPU) since 2023, cooperating in student exchange programmes, summer school, etc. Guangzhou Institute of Science and Technology (GZIST), founded in 2000, is a university approved by China’s Ministry of Education (MOE). The university is situated in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, specifically in the core area of the Pearl River Delta. GZIST focuses on new engineering education, emphasising new business disciplines and promoting multidisciplinary development. Its programmes span engineering, business management, economics, literature, arts, and education. The university aims to cultivate technically interdisciplinary and practice-oriented talents with a solid foundation in key knowledge, strong information literacy, innovative abilities, an international vision, and an entrepreneurial mindset.

Website: Guangzhou Institute of Science and Technology 

Shanghai Business School (China)

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Wittenborg 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 Polytechnic University (China)

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Wittenborg has had its partnership with Shanghai Polytechnic University (SPU) since 2024, cooperating in master programmes. SPU is a public university located in Shanghai, China. It was founded in 1960 and is an institution of higher education with a focus on engineering as its main discipline. The university offers various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in fields such as engineering, information technology, environment, materials, foreign languages, economics, and arts.

Website: Shanghai Polytechnic University

TASA Global (India)

TASA Global is India’s premium Global Careers & Education consultancy company that provides "Scientific Education Solutions" to students who are aspiring for international education & careers abroad. TASA Global designs and develops customised, personalised, and unique international education solutions through proper scientific assessment, understanding of students' academic profiles, natural competencies, and desires. 

Wittenborg and TASA Global have collaborated in progression programmes in bachelor's and master's since 2024, in BBA, MBA and MSc. 

Website: StudyAbroad (

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

Fundacion Universitaria San Antonio (UCAM) - Erasmus+ Partner (Spain)

UCAM is a private university with 20 years of history and more than 19.000 students that offers prominent European official graduations, Master programs, PhD programs and other prestigious titles. Its teaching method is based on a personalized attention with reduced students per classes and a personal tutor for each student. UCAM also offers a modern system of distance teaching. 

UCAM is strongly linked with the work world through study plans adapted to market exigencies, obligatory internships in institutions and enterprises in every program and research programmes in collaboration with big regional, national and multinational companies. UCAM (P2) is one of the largest and highly rated universities of Spain. Its teaching method is based on personalized attention, with reduced number of students per class and a personal tutor for each student. 

UCAM also offers a modern system of distance teaching. It's strongly linked with the work world through study plans adapted to market exigencies, obligatory internships in institutions and enterprises in every program and research programmes in collaboration with big regional, national and multinational companies. Its developed IQA system, coherent strategy and policy of quality assurance make education widely recognized by the academic and non-academic communities. UCAM will lead the respective WP in IQA indicators elaboration, strategy and policy drafting.

Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University - Erasmus+ Partner (Azerbaijan)

Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University was founded in 1921. Its first graduation was in 1923-24 academic year. Over 100 thousand high educated cadres were prepared by ASPU. Presently there are 8 faculties in the university, more than 10.000 students' study, approximately 734 professors and teachers. The main duty of ASPU is to train highly qualified teaching staff with innovative and critical thinking who can keep pace with the country`s development. 

ASPU has international cooperation with higher educational institutions in many countries of the world and works on interactive teaching-learning methods. Our main task is to develop educational cooperation by integrating into all aspects of society. For this reason, we give preference to international relations and projects. These can be achieved by delivering teaching, research and social services up to the level of universal standards. Key persons have international experiences, theoretical and practical skills, the abilities to work with and manage graduates. Taking into consideration the existing theoretical and practical experience of the university, there can be created conditions for business community and career experience of students through this project at ASPU.

Nakhchivan State University - Erasmus+ Partner (Azerbaijan)

Nakhchivan State University was founded in 1967. At present on 58 specialties in 12 faculties about 6 thousand students are studying in Nakhchivan State University. Highly qualified specialists are getting their higher education in bachelor, master and doctoral levels. More than 580 foreign students from around 12 countries are studying at Nakhchivan State University. In the scientific potential of the university there are 447 teachers, including 2 academicians, five corresponding members of the Academy of National Sciences of Azerbaijan, 192 Ph. Doctors and 32 Doctors of Sciences. The lab “Developmental Problems of the Region“ functioning at Nakhchivan State University, investigates the history, culture and economy of the ancient land. “Haydar Aliyev University” functioning at Nakhchivan State University plays an important role in the formalization of the modern youth and bringing up in the spirit of patriotism and national statehood.

Azerbaijan Technical University - Erasmus+ Partner (Azerbaijan)

Azerbaijan Technical University is a public higher education institution based in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was established as vocational school in 1987 and reorganized as full-fledged technical higher education institution in 1950. It is one of the oldest technical universities in the South Caucasus region with a diverse range of study programs of engineering profile.

AzTU has eight faculties with more than 10 000 students, 70 Professors, 350 associate professors and 800 instructors. The faculties are Transportation and Logistics; Electric Power Engineering and Automatics; Metallurgy and Materials Engineering; Mechanical Engineering and Robotics; Information and Communication Technologies; Special Equipment and Technology Economics and Management; and German Engineering.  
AzTU offers 36 Bachelor, 39 Master and 35 PhD study programs on engineering, technology, economics and management.  The languages of instructions are Azerbaijani, Russian, English and German.

AzTU aims to promote research and development activities that contribute to advancement in science, technology and engineering.  It has 8 research institutes with main focus areas on Data Science and Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Information Technology, Software Development and Cybersecurity, Sustainable Energy, Mobility and Environment Technologies, Advanced Manufacturing, Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Robotics, Automation and Industrial Internet of Things.  

Azerbaijan Technical University has membership with Black Sea Universities Network, CDIO Initiative Universities, Member of the Association of State Universities of the Caspian Sea Region Countries. 


Baku State University - Erasmus+ associate partner (Azerbaijan)

Baku State University was established in 1919, Baku State University (BSU) is the oldest and the largest university in Azerbaijan where the most significant figures in the history of the Republic of Azerbaijan studied. BSU currently has 16 faculties with over 3000 personnel, with professors and teaching staff accounting for more than half of the total. More than 26,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate students enroll.

BSU is partnering with more than 100 partner universities all over the world and welcomes students from more than 32 countries. Moreover, BSU offers 11 double degree (one state degree) programs with the universities from USA, Germany, France, Israel, Switzerland, and Kazakhstan.

BSU is a member of 12 various esteemed associations and institutions. The University has 2 research institutes, 2 international research institutes, 2 education internship and recreational centers, 5 international centers, 1 branch, 1 lyceum, 1 college, and the Excellence Centre for RDI.

BSU has been awarded the accreditation certificate in 2023, and 6 graduate programs were accredited by IQAA and recognized in Azerbaijan with the decision of the Accreditation Council and with the order of the Education Quality Assurance Agency (TKTA).

BSU has a Quality Assurance Center (QAC) and 2 Units (Monitoring, analyze and accreditation Unit, Training, methodological support, and development Unit) operating under QAC which is responsible for quality control, assurance, and enhancement related activities in line with the quality assurance policy and the annual action plan.

BSU continues to expand as one of the leading universities in the region, embracing innovative ideas in education, building capabilities for future generations, targeting to achieve excellence in science and research, aiming to enhance quality of teaching and research trough rigid accountability.