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Mat Wright

What is the opportunity?

We are commissioning a study into how global transnational education partnerships, and international partnership and provider mobility partnerships, impact local communities.

The study should consider factors that affect both the sending and host institutions when they set up these partnerships.

The pilot study should examine the following EU countries:

  • tier one countries: Cyprus, Germany, Greece
  • tier two countries: Italy, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Spain, France, Malta, Portugal and the Baltics.

The proposal should focus primarily on social/cultural impact but may also look at the impact on human resource development and academic capacity, where relevant. 

Study objectives

The study should address the following research queries.

1. To what extent do global transnational or international partnership and provider mobility partnerships affect the local partner, place and public?

  • For the local partner, do these partnerships change the host institution's offer outside the transnational education course?
  • For the local place, does the arrival of the transnational education partnerships affect the local institutions or the local cultural offer?
  • For the local public, does the transnational education change cultural perceptions, intercultural awareness and understanding? How do transnational education programmes contribute to internationalisation at home? How can transnational education be measured at local level?

2. To what extent is local impact a consideration for both sending and host institutions when establishing global transnational education/international partnership and provider mobility partnerships? 

  • Is the local impact of international transnational education a consideration for institutions when developing programmes?
  • Are transnational education providers unaware of, or not interested in 'the local' where they offer courses?
  • What do local institutions expect to gain from developing transnational education/international partnership and provider mobility programmes, and what are their objectives? Similarly, what do the international partners hope to gain from developing these programmes?
  • To what extent is 'local impact' a part of both partners' considerations, and how do institutions define local impact and measure this, if at all?

The research should be analysed and presented across the agreed EU host countries, rather than at the individual country level. While individual country examples should be provided, the aim is not to benchmark countries against each other.

Output and deadlines

Proposals must include timelines to demonstrate how this deadline will be met. The timeline for submissions is:

15 January 2020: deadline for clarification questions 

18 January 2020: deadline for us to respond to clarification questions

28 January 2020: deadline for submission of responses by potential suppliers

3 February 2020 (week beginning): final decision and contract initiated with winning supplier

10 April 2020: interim report to be submitted

22-24 April 2020: presentation at IHES conference in Prague

01 June 2020: deadline for final full report to be delivered

29-30 June 2020: possible presentation at Going Global conference in London

30 June: all work must be completed and deliverables submitted.

How to apply

A full list of the terms and conditions applicable to your tender is available in the full outline document. The assessment criteria, eligibility criteria and submission checklist are also outlined fully in the same document. 

Please contact us for the full set of documents and to submit. 

All documents required as part of your tender response should be submitted by 28 January 2020.