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Teesside University Global

The work of Teesside University Global drives our international ambition, enhancing our reach, working with our partners overseas, and reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and enterprise.

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Building on our success in learning and teaching, by drawing upon our increasing strengths in research and enterprise, this strategic plan positions the University as a destination and partner of choice, driving global engagement and success.

Diagram showing links between Student experience > Mobility > Partnerships > Reach and reputation

  • Student experience: We are committed to providing outstanding student experience for our students across the world.
  • Mobility: We offer a range of opportunities enabling all students to participate in valuable global experiences, without financial or social barriers.
  • Partnerships: We work in collaboratively with our students, partners, and stakeholders across the world to transform lives and economies through education.
  • Reach and reputation: We will continue to build on our strengths in research, teaching and enterprise to consolidate our position as a truly global institution with a reputation for excellence.

Teesside University's cohesive approach to global operations across the institution, ensures activity aligns with our mission, promoting international excellence across all areas.

As the world of employment and education continues to evolve, we will remain bold and proactive to the challenges and opportunities of the future, putting our students at the heart of decision-making. Building upon institutional and regional strengths in net zero, biosciences, health, and the digital and creative industries, we continue to develop networks across the world that facilitate knowledge exchange and collaborative research.

Our ambition: 'To be a global institution that provides an excellent international experience through partnerships and networks across the world' will be achieved through delivery of the following strategic objectives:

  • To diversify and enrich the University by recruiting students and staff from across the world.
  • To develop mutually beneficial strategic education partnerships.
  • To encourage all our students to become global citizens by creating international opportunities throughout their university experience.
  • To support and enhance all aspects of student life, consistently high levels of international student satisfaction and achievement.
  • To facilitate international research and knowledge exchange.

Teesside University Global Strategic Plan 2027

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Case Study

Teesside provides platform for award-winning graduate.

Jing (Coco) Zhao at Soundstage facilities

Jing (Coco) Zhao graduated from Teesside University in 2015 and secured a job as a producer at the China Intercontinental Communication Centre.

Since completing her BA (Hons) Television and Film Production, she has gone from strength to strength, winning a number of awards and raising the profile of Teesside University on the international stage.

Coco won both the Royal Television Society Award and the Spirit of Youth Award as part of the British Council's 2017-18 Alumni Awards in China and was one of only two UK alumni selected to meet former Prime Minister Theresa May on a visit to Wuhan, China.

She briefly spoke with the former Prime Minister about where she studied and how her career has developed since graduating from Teesside.

Coco also returned to the university with a delegation from the British Council and representatives from the Chinese press to tour the facilities and look back on her time as a student.

During her time at Teesside, Coco won the Royal Television Society Undergraduate Factual award for her film Eat then Wait for the Night, which explored themes of loneliness, connections between people and the importance of family in China. It was filmed on location in China in the setting of Chinese New Year.

Since graduating Coco has worked as a freelance producer, producing more than 20 programmes which have been broadcast to audiences in more than 150 countries through channels including the BBC, UKTV, CCTV, Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channel.

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