UMI iGLOBES – Interdisciplinary and Global Environmental Studies — is an international and interdisciplinary research centre created in 2008 by an agreement between the University of Arizona (UA) and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS-INSHS/INEE). In 2018, the contract of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, has been renewed as the third partner. iGLOBES is hosted by the UA Biosphere 2 division and is located on the AU`s main campus in Tucson. The Territorial Cup tradition dates back to 1899, when the University of Arizona first fielded a football team. In 2009, Arizona schools participated in the Territorial Cup. It is a one-year competition that includes several sports. The Territorial Cup trophy was only shared in 2001 by the two rival universities of Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. The presidents of both schools signed an agreement for the winner of the annual „Duel in the Desert“ football match to take possession of the trophy for the following year. Teams usually play Fridays or Saturdays after Thanksgiving.  The 15-year contract is automatically renewed for a maximum of two years of five years, unless one of the parties decides not to renew the contract. The contract can be terminated free of charge after seven years if the net income from tuition and fees collected in the current fiscal year is less than $400 million. The following conditions must be met to qualify for a consortium agreement: UA is a member of the Association of Universities for Astronomy Research, a consortium of institutions that conduct research in astronomy. The association operates observatories and telescopes, particularly the Kitt Peak National Observatory just outside of Tucson.
UA is a member of the Association of American Universities and is the only Arizona representative in this group. Led by Roger Angel, researchers from the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab are working together at the AU on the construction of the world`s most advanced telescope. Known as the giant Magellan telescope, it will produce images ten times sharper than those of the Hubble telescope. The telescope is expected to be completed in 2021. GMT will eventually cost $1 billion.   Researchers from at least nine institutions are working to secure funding for the project. The telescope will contain seven 18-ton mirrors capable of providing clear images of volcanoes and riverbeds on Mars and the mountains on the Moon at a speed 40 times faster than today`s large telescopes. The mirrors of the Giant Magellan Telescope are built at U by A and transported to a permanent mountain summit in the Chilean Andes, where the telescope is built.
Robbins replaced Ann Weaver Hart, M.A., Ph.D., the first female president of the university. He was named a solitary finalist to succeed the AU presidency after Hart announced she would not extend her contract beyond the June 30, 2018 deadline.  During his tenure, Hart led the university`s first integrated academic and strategic business business and an agreement with Banner Health to support THE AU`s research and medical education initiatives.  Federal regulations do not allow students to obtain federal financial assistance from two schools at the same time. By entering into a consortium agreement, a student may, during the same semester, go to the University of Arizona (UA) and another accredited school (called a „visiting institution“) and receive federal financial assistance for all combined units.