Landscape photo of the Secretariat Building in New Delhi

We work with ministries and education sector bodies in more than a hundred countries worldwide. In developing countries we work with them to ensure that their higher education systems are configured in the most effective ways to make the most of the opportunities for  international collaboration

This includes:

  • designing methodologies and guidelines to support system to system alliances; including the Mutual Recognition of Qualifications and Memoranda of Understanding
  • identifying barriers and capacity issues, building engagement, and generating interest 
  • analysing market opportunities and unmet demand in domestic systems 
  • hosting bilateral discussions (inward and outward missions and delegations) to support internationalisation strategies and action planning 
  • building capacity in the quality of teaching, learning and assessment 
  • raising awareness of UK TNE capability 
  • offering expertise in English Medium Education and access to networks to share effective practice and address shared challenges.

From the UK sector point of view this allows them to diversify the range of countries with which they develop relationships and share knowledge, helping them to thrive in uncertain markets. For national governments it enables them to make better use of their institutions’ physical and intellectual resources.

Our flagship Higher Education event Going Global brings the world’s leaders of international education together virtually and, when circumstances allow, in person, to develop their networks and exchange effective practice.

How this works in practice:

In Pakistan

In Pakistan we worked with the Higher Education Commission to launch the joint programme Pak-UK Education Gateway, which enhances partnership between the higher education sectors of Pakistan and the UK. 

As part of the programme ninety eight per cent of Pakistan’s vice chancellors and rectors have now attended leadership training from the UK and are now leading over 150 universities in Pakistan. 

A community engagement programme is now being reviewed to introduce accredited citizenship courses at the undergraduate level which will aim to reach around quarter a million students in Pakistan. 

Seven large-scale research projects are shortlisted, which will contribute to the knowledge base on climate change, food security, health sciences and new technology.

With the emergence of COVID 19, the British Council, is providing support to the government of Pakistan developing the  first Open and Distance Learning (ODL policy) which will benefit around 4 million students and 50,000 teachers in 200 institutions and will aim to reach at least a double through online/blended learning.

Through the Gateway, UK technical assistance is also helping to provide strategic advice to the newly established National Academy for Higher Education (NAHE) which will be the central agency for leadership and faculty development for higher education sector of Pakistan.

In Mexico

In Mexico we worked with the government on a mutual recognition of awards agreement between Mexico and the UK. This means that a UK qualification is recognised in Mexico and vice versa, opening the way for increased mobility between the two countries. 

We worked with the government on a mutual recognition of awards agreement between Mexico and the UK. This means that a UK qualification is recognised in Mexico and vice versa, opening the way for increased mobility between the two countries. We did this by negotiating a quality assurance alignment on a system level, rather than just aligning high-quality institutions.

The value of a framework like this has received such recognition within the region that it has been rapidly taken up by Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Peru. This in turn means that institutions from outside the region have a single means of connecting with this critical market.

In the Philippines

In the Philippines we are working with the education department and with UK higher education institutions on developing an IPPM framework to deliver new curricula at PhD and master’s levels. This highly innovative project involves establishing programmes in identified subject areas to address local challenges. The courses are supported by scholarship schemes for Philippine students.