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We publish reports and publications about European and international issues relevant to the UK HE sector aiming to provide credible, timely and relevant analysis to those managers engaged in internationalisation across the sector.

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Published November 2015, PDF, 440KB

This information note provides details a number of higher education initiatives announced during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to the UK. The document also outlines the number of domestic developments including new opportunities for staff mobility and progress in the formulation of the New National Education Policy.

This article is public.

Published November 2015, PDF, 1MB

This guide from the IU examines the latest trends and data on international higher education. Key highlights include: data on international student trends; insight about what students want; the latest figures on TNE and Outward Mobility; statistics on the impact of international research and collaboration and an overview on the economic benefits of international higher education.

This article is public.

Published November 2015, PDF, 527KB

This information note provides details of recent developments in Iran, following the conclusion of nuclear negotiations in mid-July, and outlines potential challenges and opportunities going forward.

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Published September 2015, PDF, 945KB

This report from the IU's go international programme and the British Council looks at the benefits and barriers to overseas study and what motivates a student to study, volunteer or study abroad. The research provides evidence for UK higher education institutions and policy makers who are developing and implementing initiatives to increase the number of UK-domiciled students accessing international opportunities.

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Published August 2015, PDF, 3MB

This report by the IU gathered case studies from over sixty universities to demonstrate the widespread impact the Ciência Sem Fronteiras (CsF UK) scientific mobility scheme has had, and continues to have, on relationships between Brazilian and UK universities. Some of the highlights include; case studies on strategic partnerships and research collaborations and student experiences.

The UK HE International Unit (IU) has been gathering case studies to demonstrate the widespread impact the Ciência Sem Fronteiras (CsF UK) scientific mobility scheme has had, and continues to have, on relationships between Brazilian and UK universities. The IU prepared a report, Ciência sem Fronteiras Reino Unido:Impact of the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Programme 2012-2015, in July 2015; some highlights include:

  • Strategic partnerships and research collaborations are widespread and growing, including increased student and staff exchanges, academic workshops and joint projects.
  • A high level of student satisfaction with over 90% of Brazilian students saying their period of study abroad had improved their intellectual skills, and 83% being very satisfied with their experience at their UK university.
  • Students have industrial placements arranged for them by their UK university at world-leading international businesses such as Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter & Gamble and IBM.
  • Since 2009 the number of Brazilian articles that are co-authored with the UK has grown by 196%.

The report is now published and available here.

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