International collaboration between universities is not new but its primary purpose has often been to help universities achieve collaborative advantage rather than creating society wide good. However, there is now an emerging opportunity to focus world class expertise much more effectively to meet highly localised need - in particular, providing the technological solutions to the myriad of environmental and socio-technical challenges of the 21st century.

This interactive workshop will provide a unique opportunity for forward looking HE thinkers, leaders and stakeholders from around the world to discuss and propose a new model for international collaboration in which the primary focus is on local socioeconomic need.

Questions explored include:

  • What are the characteristics of such a model – and how transferable are these across discipline areas?
  • How should these new institutional networks engage with non-institutional stakeholders, e.g. Industry, commerce, governments and social networks?
  • What are the most appropriate delivery models?
  • How might we go forward to build networks for local impact?


  • Bill Glew, Director of Professional Engineering, University of Aston, UK
  • Professor Mohd Shahir Liew, Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research & Innovation, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia
  • Professor HC Man, Dean of Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Dr Ian Willis, Lead on Internationalisation Research for Doctor of Education, University of Liverpool, UK