Connecting international education

The work of the British Council in higher education and science aims to extend, strengthen, and deepen connections between the UK education sector and governments and institutions around the world. It is motivated by the belief that international collaboration produces more effective research for addressing global problems, while enhancing teaching and learning to produce graduates with the skills necessary for economic development. This initiative is part of the Going Global Partnerships  programme. Find out more about other Going Global Partnerships funding calls, events, policy dialogues and other opportunities.  

Opportunity for UK universities to join the UK-Malaysia University Consortium


The British Council in Malaysia is inviting UK universities to join the UK-Malaysia University Consortium which is designed to be a flagship initiative that promotes strategic engagement and bilateral cooperation in higher education between its partner universities in the UK and in Malaysia. The Consortium will be an alliance made up of 10 to 15 UK universities and up to 20 Malaysian higher education institutions from the public sector.

The aim of this initiative is to increase commitment and strategic partnerships between UK and Malaysian universities to support excellence, capability and internationalisation in teaching and learning, research and innovation as well as student mobility and employability. 

Benefits to UK universities:

  • to build a mechanism to increase commitment and strategic partnerships to address shared priorities between universities in the UK and Malaysia.
  • to support the advancement of quality teaching, learning, research and university systems through people development with shared expertise between the UK and Malaysia.
  • to identify and facilitate innovative UK-Malaysia collaborative programmes and knowledge exchange in higher education for mutual benefit and HE internationalisation.

Open call for UK- Malaysia- ASEAN + 3 Partnership Proposals: Catalyst Grant for Enhancing Graduate Employability 


To kick off the institutional partnerships under the Consortium, the British Council will support 5 Catalyst Grants for higher education collaborative projects between the UK, Malaysia and one other ASEAN or ASEAN +3 country, in the thematic area of enhancing graduate employability. For each project, funding of up to £50,000 will be awarded for a project duration of 2 years from January 2022 to December 2023. The joint projects must be able to demonstrate impact in enhancing graduate employability through knowledge sharing, training and innovation across the areas of research, teaching and learning, and student experience.

Important dates for both opportunities:-



Call for application and proposals

3 September 2021

Clarification questions submitted by applicants and response from British Council

6 September - 25 October 2021

Question and Answer session  (details to be shared on this website later)

1 October 2021

Application deadline and to submit amendments to Terms of Grant Agreement (if any) 

29 October 2021

Notification of application outcome  

15 November 2021

Signing of agreement

30 November 2021

Important notice as of 6 Oct 2021 

Addendum to proposals eligibility cost: - 

Further to the recent EA GGP Call for Proposals from British Council in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Viet Nam, please note that the section on eligible costs has been updated, as follows: 

  • Eligible costs: The cost of staff time for full-time personnel working directly on the project, plus the costs of temporary personnel and other temporary staff recruited to work solely on the project.

Application guideline

To apply for the UK- Malaysia University Consortium and to submit a joint proposal for the UK – Malaysia – ASEAN + 3 Catalyst Grant, please download the application guidelines and accompanying annexes below. 

Kindly email the completed documents to Prabha Sundram at  and Cheong Pooi Fun at

Update on deadlines for Going Global Partnerships proposals for Indonesia, Malaysia and VietNam

Kindly note that the final date for submissions of grant applications and proposals for Indonesia, Malaysia and Viet Nam will be now be EOB 5th November 2021. The deadline remains as previously advertised for China EOB 29 October 2021 and Thailand EOB 31 October 2021.