Our vision is to be a University of influence in the Asia-Pacific region

Griffith University is firmly committed to its role as a global citizen at the institutional level, and in developing a strong sense of global citizenship in all graduates. The University’s Internationalisation Strategy provides a roadmap for the next period of its international development, with a focus on consolidating and broadening existing partnerships, further enhancing the University’s growing international reputation for excellence, and ensuring that all students at Griffith have some form of “international” experience, be it in the classroom, through integration with on-campus international students or through an overseas study experience.


The various goals and objectives to be achieved as part of the Strategy are loosely grouped under four headings (Partnerships; Student Experience; Curriculum; and Research).

Griffith’s Internationalisation Strategy 2018-2020

Transnational education

A transnational program is an award program taught by Griffith University outside Australia, and includes programs taught in-country by University staff or through an international partnership.

Griffith works with partners overseas to identify opportunities to deliver programs that meet identified local needs and align with anticipated workforce demands.

The University has a number of policies and procedures in place in relation to planning, developing and approving proposed new transnational programs.

Guidelines for Developing Cotutelle (Dual) and Joint Doctoral Degree Programs

The University enters Cotutelle arrangements with overseas institutions for research higher degrees, on a case by case basis. There are guidelines that establish procedures for developing Cotutelles and Joint Doctoral Degree Programs between Griffith University and international universities.

Griffith English Language Enhancement Strategy

GELES is a sustained, institution, evidence-based approach to English language development, designed for undergraduate and postgraduate international and domestic students with English as an Additional Language (EAL) background, and compromises six programs systematically organised across the student lifecycle to maximise their chances of academic success.

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Teaching practices

Griffith has a culturally rich and diverse learning community. We celebrate this diversity and harness it to enrich and extend learning at program, course and classroom levels. Internationalised curricula foster the development of inter-cultural competence and preparation for global citizenship for both local and international students.

Griffith Graduate Attribute

The Griffith Graduate Attribute relevant to internationalisation refers to the development of intercultural communication skills and competence in culturally diverse and international environments. The Griffith Graduate Attributes webpage consists of a range of resources that may be embedded within curricula to support students’ understanding of the attribute, ‘effective in culturally diverse and international environments’.

2019 Internationalisation Award Recipients

The 2019 Internationalisation Awards were presented at the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Awards in October 2019.

Internationalisation Awards

Most outstanding contribution to overall internationalisation

The recipient of the award for most outstanding contribution to overall internationalisation was the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD) from Griffith Sciences for its sustained contribution, particularly through its partnership with Shanghai Institute for Materia Medica over the past five years. This relationship now includes a joint PhD program as well as extensive research collaborations, and has facilitated the mobilisation of 78 Griffith staff and 50 PhD students to China for partnership activities. It has also yielded a join laboratory and regular symposia, the most recent of which included participants from a number of other key Chinese partner universities.

Pictured: Professor Ron Quinn and Associate Professor Yun Feng from GRIDD accepting the Award from Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Carolyn Evans

Most outstanding contribution to the development of short-term global mobility programs

The recipient of the award for most outstanding contribution to the development of short-term global mobility programs was the Community Internship Team from Learning Futures for its outstanding commitment to providing international opportunities for Griffith students from a range of disciplines to participate in academically supported volunteer work in not for profit organisations around the world, but with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific. More than 40 students per year are participating, many funded via successful applications to the Australian Government’s New Colombo Program, and the program is now available as an elective in over 70 of the University’s undergraduate and postgraduate degree offerings.

Pictured: Ms Faith Valencia-Forrester, Director Service Learning accepting the Award from Chancellor, Mr Henry Smerdon AM DUniv

New Colombo scholarship winners with Heidi Piper

New Colombo Plan

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program provides funding to Australian universities and consortia to support Australian undergraduate students to participate in semester-based or short-term study, internships, mentorships, practicums and research in 40 host locations across the Indo-Pacific region.

New Colombo Plan

Innovative Research Universities

Innovative Research Universities

The National Innovation Case Study Collection has been developed to showcase innovative practices that support student and graduate success. The aim of the collection is to disseminate good practice, and provide a mechanism through which to encourage cross-sector collaboration and save institutions from ‘reinventing the wheel’. It includes a number of case studies that relate to internationalisation.

Innovative Research Universities


Tourism Confucius Institute

The Tourism Confucius Institute offers a range of exciting short courses for government, industry and the wider community to promote Chinese learning, as well as a better understanding of Chinese people and their culture.

The Tourism Confucius Institute is not involved in teaching or curriculum design for any University undergraduate or postgraduate degrees.

The Institute also plays no role in commissioning research.

Its teaching activities are done under the direction of a senior Griffith academic and, in many cases, in partnership with community organisations.

The Tourism Confucius Institute is a partnership with the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in China.

Tourism Confucius Institute

Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS)

Griffith University delivers education to international students holding Australian student visas within the requirements of the ESOS Act and related legislation, which protects and enhances Australia’s reputation for quality education, provides tuition protection and supports the integrity of the student visa program.

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Griffith Mates

The Griffith Mates program delivers a range of social events and services designed to improve international student orientation, transition and English language skills while enhancing the overall student experience for international and domestic students. The Griffith Mates program is comprised of current students who volunteer to lead events and services and in return gain valuable industry and leadership experience.

Contact us

Contact the Office of the Vice President (Global)