The institute, along with IIT Roorkee and IIT Madras, signed an MoU with the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology for academic and research cooperation with the Portuguese universities. The MoU was signed in presence of the two Prime Ministers on June 26, 2017. Prof Sudhir K Jain, Director, IITGN and Prof Jaison Manjaly, IITGN represented the institute. Prior to signing of the MoU, a delegation from the institute also visited various universities in Portugal.

The institute has built a vibrant partnership with ISCTE-IUL over the years and the visits were an opportunity to meet five IITGN students who were undergoing summer research internships there. Four students of ISCTE-IUL also visited IITGN for as part of the exchange.