The University of Nottingham will reveal its shop window to the world when it embarks on the first in a series of global roadshows showcasing opportunities for international partnership and collaboration next week.
The events in Malaysia, Vietnam and India will mark the launch of the Nottingham Global Network, bringing together the University’s institutional partners around the world currently working together for mutual benefit in the areas of research, internationalisation, student experience and business engagement.
Professor Christine Ennew, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation at The University of Nottingham, said: “In higher education, as in other sectors, formalised institution-wide partnerships are underpinned by the idea that in certain areas, we can achieve more together than we can do individually. Partnerships require investment in both time and other resources to build but in the longer term have the potential to offer significant benefits.
“The kind of collaboration that Nottingham has developed with a network of universities globally enables each partner to bring forward individual and complementary assets. These may include students, curriculum and teaching and research expertise. There are also benefits in terms of cost-sharing and efficiencies. And partnerships also facilitate the sharing of information, of market intelligence and of course the sharing of good practice.”
Case studies show global collaboration works
With more than 65 members and 800 students already enrolled in the network across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America, it is already a truly global enterprise.
The official launch of the network will be marked by an invitation-only inaugural two-day meeting being held in Kuala Lumpur on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 June.
Delegates will have the chance to hear about The University of Nottingham’s international and research strategies and plans to expand and enhance the Nottingham Global Network.
Of particular interest will be a number of case studies which demonstrate where collaboration is already working successfully, including a twinning of engineering programmes with Thamassat University in Thailand and a strategic partnership with BINUS University in Indonesia.
Dr Fernandez-Chung will deliver the inaugural lecture for Knowledge Without Borders, a global research-focused academic and practitioners higher education network run from The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, on the topic The Future of Internationalisation: Malaysian Perspectives.
The event will also offer the chance to tour the University’s facilities in Malaysia, with the first day of the meeting being held at The University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre and the second at its Malaysia Campus at Semenyih.
Sharing expertise and knowledge
This event will be followed by a one-day UK–Vietnam Partnership Workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Friday 22 June, in conjunction with the British Council and Vietnam National University.
It will offer the opportunity for members of the UK International Teaching Partnership Development Forum — set up in 2009 as an international higher education good practice exchange — to share expertise and knowledge, contribute to teaching partnership expertise in Vietnamese universities and to learn more about Vietnamese international educational opportunities.
The final stop on the tour will take colleagues to New Delhi in India on Monday June 18 and Tuesday June 19 for a two day workshop marking the launch of the UK-India Teaching Partnership Development forum, which will provide a catalyst for best practice and debate for higher education institutions, government officials and industry in the two countries.
The programme will include presentations on topics including developing innovative partnerships between academia and industry, the establishment of international campuses and case studies on existing successful partnerships between UK and Indian universities.
Last autumn, the University of Nottingham set up the Asia Business Centre, part of Business Engagement and Innovation Services, which supports innovation partnerships and knowledge-transfer programmes throughout Asia. The Centre works with national and regional governments and with businesses to create new opportunities and manage ongoing links and relationships.
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