UK NARIC annual conference

Monday 10 November 2014 - 00:00 to Tuesday 11 November 2014 - 00:00
The Millennium Mayfair, London

About

UK NARIC provides information on academic, vocational and professional qualifications from across the world. The UK NARIC annual conference will focus on the changing landscape of internationalisation and challenges including key themes of strategy and policy, compliance and best practice, targeted recruitment and recognising international expertise.

The British Council will be delivering the following sessions at the event:

British Council's International Skills Partnerships: Opportunities for UK organisations

Neil Shaw, Skills Adviser, Skills Partnerships

International skills partnerships are a key element of the British Council's education work and we have facilitated over 75 such partnerships, in over 30 countries, since 2008. This interactive workshop will provide an introduction to our international skills partnership work, sets out how UK organisations can get involved and explores the major and potentially transformative benefits that can result.

Plenary panel session: Is internationalisation in UK Higher education a triumph of statistics over reality?

John Bramwell, Director of Education and Society for the Americas

We should feel proud! The UK is stabilising its position in international rankings. It is clearly meeting the statistical criteria for international recognition – but is it any better than other countries at producing international graduates? Recruiting large numbers of international students, employing faculty that have international qualifications and encouraging joint research are all important - but can be achieved with little impact on the culture of internationalisation that might make our academic communities truly global. The opportunities for collaboration, engagement and liaison in Latin America are extensive.

Universities are universally open, accessible and keen to connect – they believe they can learn and benefit from new ways of thinking. However, the UK is famously immobile, and monolingual – perhaps our strategies are simply making overseas students more internationally attractive, whilst leaving UK national students bereft of international experience, global cultural strength and world wide knowledge.