Call for UK institutions to host higher education delegation from Azerbaijan 

Key dates

Deadline to submit expressions of interest: Thursday 8 October 2015

Dates of delegation visit: November 2015 dates TBC


We are looking for UK higher education institutions to host visitors from Azerbaijan and to arrange a study tour on graduate employability. 

The hosting UK institutions are expected to prepare a (three or five day) programme on the graduate employability topic for the visiting group from Azerbaijan. The programme is expected to include informational and guiding presentations (UK experience in the field in general, principles of student employability and practice, existing and successful partnerships and partnership ways), site visits (partner business/industry institutions) and meetings with staff members of related departments for discussion and knowledge exchange.

The British Council offers a consultancy fee to UK higher education institutions for organizing the program.


The aim of the UK Study Tour on Graduate Employability is to give an opportunity to higher education and business sector representatives from Azerbaijan to learn from UK higher education institutions experience in graduate employability in order to foster development of graduate employability in Azerbaijan. The delegation will be comprised of representatives of business companies, career centre advisors of higher education institutions and higher education department representative of the ministry.  

UK practice in graduate employability is highly advanced since the topic has been addressed in the UK higher education sector for over two decades. As per the research that has been conducted by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (July 2011), the majority of UK institutions have a strategy for enhancing student employability and higher education institutions are highly encouraged to incorporate an employability strategy into their development processes to ensure all students have the opportunity to access a common level of employability skills.

According to the official statements of the Ministry of Education officials, one of the main problems of Azerbaijan's higher education system is a large number of graduates who are unable to find jobs after successful completion of their studies at higher educational institutions. It has been mentioned at ministerial level that higher education institutions need to establish cooperation and partnership agreements with industry/business in order to improve employability skills of student graduates. 

In order to see the successful examples of UK university-business partnerships and learn from good practice in UK universities’ graduate employability schemes, the representatives of Azerbaijan universities, business institutions and MoE hope to visit the UK in November 2015.


UK higher education institutions

How to apply

Proposals should include: background information on the university applying for hosting the study tour; brief summary of experience in graduate employability; information about the methods/ways of (university-business/industry) cooperation applied; information about current and past partnerships (or partnership models) with businesses; and proposed study tour programme.

Proposals should be submitted to nigar.nasrullayeva@britishcouncil.az (Nigar Nasrullayeva, Education Officer, British Council Azerbaijan) no later than Thursday 8 October 2015.