This paper examines a series of innovations and adjustments applied to the joint delivery of RMIT University’s Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) program in partnership with Hong Kong Art School (HKAS) in response to the impacts of COVID-19 and the social situation in Hong Kong. Ordinarily Melbourne RMIT staff would travel to Hong Kong twice a year to deliver face-to-face teaching intensives with local Hong Kong students. Hong Kong Art School deliver the balance of teaching. For the first time in the 23-year history of this partnership, international travel restrictions have prevented Australian staff from delivering the program in Hong Kong in person. In response RMIT and HKAS have devised a range of impactful strategies for building upon this deep, mature partnership, including: adjustments to strategic goals; concurrent (face-to-face and online) delivery; new strategies for student exchange and engagement (including a joint online project with onshore students); new digital ways for staff to network and share ideas across institutions; and, reinforcing the long-term special relationship between partner institutes through a triangulated approach linking up other relationship each institution has in the region. This paper addresses some of the strategies and opportunities for extending global networks and partnerships within current geopolitical constraints.