The research focussed on three major projects: British Council’s Skills for Employability Programme, the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) and the Prime Minister’s Initiative (PMI2), and looked at the impact of international partnerships on organisational strategy and the development of college staff and students. The report includes more than 40 in-depth interviews with those involved in international projects and 10 case studies. The review revealed that international collaboration is not without its challenges, but working internationally brings long term benefits to the
On the whole, vocational education and training providers reported a significant impact on organisational strategy and practices, which helped to boost their reputation and build strong relationships with industry. This in turn led to revised courses and teaching methods that provided their students and staff with the international experience and skills that today’s employers are looking for – and a major advantage in an increasingly competitive jobs market.
The report includes a number of case studies, which illustrate the diversity of the projects and the range of benefits attributed to them. One of the partnerships reviewed, between London College of Fashion (LCF) and
The British Council hopes that colleges and training providers will find the report both informative and inspirational, and encourage them to get involved in collaborative projects. Dr Jo Beall, the British Council’s Director for Education and Society advises: “The message from this report is clear - international skills partnerships are of huge benefit to institutions, staff, students and their wider communities on both sides. At a time when international markets are becoming more important, it is vital for
‘Building skills, building partnerships’ can be downloaded free of charge from the British Council website, where you will also find further information on British Council international collaboration projects, and how to become involved.