University Partners

  • Testimonials

    "Students from all over the world participated in the event, so we could learn about their cultures, as well. It was a great opportunity to widen our business and personal networks in this wonderful, positive atmosphere."  Read More!      

  • Leonardo Stenico, Galena Kostoska, Alberto Parrella, and Julia Wache of Team feelSpace from the University of Trento, Italy.


VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week

August 16-22, 2015

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week offers university students and faculty from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships, build their global networks, and congregate in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA.  The Global Partnership is an ongoing, cooperative association of regions building permanent social and academic relationships with each other, for mutual long-term advantage. Members of the partnership gather annually during a weeklong Global Partnership event hosted by VT KnowledgeWorks, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Virginia Tech, and citizens and businesses of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

2014 Event Outcomes:



Event Tracks:

  • Student Track - The Global Student Business Concept Challenge offers elite student teams a chance to compete for the $25,000 grand prize and the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy.  The contest finals are part of a weeklong celebration where students are housed with local families, spend interactive time with successful technology companies, and enjoy fellowship with each other and with Virginia Tech students during festive meals and celebrations.
  • University Track - The global university-to-university relationship roundtable, hosted by Virginia Tech's Outreach & International Affairs, explores and facilitates multi-university cooperative arrangements to exchange best practices for mutual benefit, with particular emphasis on fostering commercialization of innovative technologies.


Regional Involvement:

  • Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys Reception - Residents of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region can help introduce our Valleys to the world, as we celebrate our growing place in the global community and welcome international visitors with unique food and music showcasing our area.
  • Global Student Business Concept Challenge - Observe global student teams present their business concepts and compete for a $25,000 grand prize and trophy.