Since the emergence of Covid-19, universities in the UK, East Asia and globally have been grappling with multiple issues which are critical to ensuring their viability and sustainability. Several key issues are emerging as the higher education sector begin to focus on the future: funding and financial implications; managing digital teaching and learning; student recruitment and pastoral care, and how to respond to critical research and innovation needs locally and globally.
Amidst this struggle for survival, there is a significant risk that the higher education sector will not have the capacity or ability to deliver on the aspiration to develop international partnerships, thus losing out on a wide range of opportunities that international collaborations can offer during these times.
Many UK and East Asia higher education institutions (HEIs) have a long history of strategic partnerships that bring mutual benefit, create new research opportunities, enhance students’ cultural awareness, develop joint curricula and quality assurance, and upskill faculty. As the world emerges from the pandemic, there is a risk that forming and maintaining these valuable links between UK and Asia HEIs will be deprioritised. Now is a critical time to raise awareness of the vital purpose of higher education partnerships in supporting the UK’s and East Asia’s plans for economic and social recovery and stability, and to engage in discourse that supports and creates an enabling environment for UK-East Asia higher education partnerships to take root and flourish.
Higher Education Partnerships (HEP) Webinar Series 2020
This forms part of British Council’s Education Futures initiative, a series of in-depth discussions on key topics of global implications for the international education industry. Our aim is to support the UK and East Asia’s strategic action planning and decision making, allowing the education sectors to better anticipate challenges, manage risks and respond to opportunities.
This inaugural HEP webinar series aims to bring together leaders from the UK, East Asia and globally relevant government agencies, sector bodies and universities to explore the priorities, challenges and future opportunities for UK-East Asia Higher Education Partnerships. It comprises education policy events that cover a wide range of HEP themes such as research collaborations, teaching and learning, social impact and innovation and widening participation as the higher education sector navigates challenges and reimagines the landscape of partnerships moving forward. Key considerations will pivot around the following questions:
- What will UK-East Asia higher education partnerships look like in a landscape impacted by Covid-19?
- How has the appetite for internationalisation been impacted? What will be the key drivers of government and institutional policies for higher education partnerships?
- How can the current challenges present opportunities for the higher education sector to recover and reimagine collaborations?
- How are governments and institutions supporting faculty and students to ensure equitable access? What would the indicators of success be for higher education partnerships moving forward?
- To convene UK and East Asia higher education leaders and practitioners to discuss policies and priorities for internationalisation in a landscape impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
- To explore emerging challenges that can translate into innovative partnership opportunities that support the UK’s and East Asia’s plans for economic and social recovery and stability.
- To encourage continuous strategic engagement and collaboration between higher education institutions in the UK and East Asia moving forward.
Leaders of higher education institutions and ministries, policymakers, industry and community-based organisations, sector bodies (regional/global) and practitioners from the UK and East Asia will be invited to share perspectives and steer discussion.
Representatives from higher education institutions, ministries, think tanks on higher education, research organisations, corporate sectors and relevant civil society practitioners from the UK and East Asia.