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System level partnerships

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.

Institutional partnerships

Our institutional partnership projects support institutions to make new connections overseas that lead to collaboration on joint research projects or transnational education, improve teaching and learning and inspire systemic change.

Where partnerships already exist, we look to strengthen these, for example by developing thematic activity to address the priorities of a host country, or facilitating engagement with industry.

In countries where TNE is relatively new we invest funding to support its growth. In more mature markets we promote the UK’s offering and in more volatile markets, where there is increasing international competition, we protect the UK’s brand and reputation.

In some regions, we also establish communities of practice involving UK and overseas partners for knowledge sharing. This includes providing workshops and supporting materials on management of successful partnerships, student and academic support, legal, tax and compliance issues, quality assurance and employer engagement.

Consultancy services

We have specialist teams who can, on a commercial basis, support individual UK education institutions to navigate the rapidly evolving higher education landscape overseas and to identify and capitalize on opportunities. In some priority countries we provide expertise in:

  • partner identification and profiling
  • marketing services such as digital campaigns, recruitment roadshows and publications
  • competitor profiling
  • subject demand and trend analysis
  • opportunity evaluation across partnerships.

Find out more about our consultancy services

Our work in higher education partnerships