International & collaborative

The Connected Scotland approach will assist Scotland’s 19 higher education institutions to position themselves as world leaders in higher education and to become an international partner of choice in teaching, research and knowledge exchange.

Higher education is truly internationalised and institutions operate in a highly competitive market place. Scotland already competes successfully on the world stage with more world-class higher education institutions per head of population than any other country in the world.  The value of the sector’s export income already stands at £1.3 billion. This is derived from:

  • International student recruitment;
  • The delivery of transnational education at Scottish campuses around the world and through in-country partner organisations; and
  • Research and commercialisation partnerships with business and industry, universities and other research organisations.

Whilst there are already good examples of collaboration taking in place in Scotland, Connected Scotland aims to look harder at this aspect of business practice to identify where there are additional opportunities of scale. The aim is to build new and exciting collaborative ventures so Scotland’s higher education institutions can respond to new opportunities and gear up for the global challenges yet to come.

The new, Connected Scotland approach will support the sector’s aspiration to grow the value of its international export income from £1.3 billion to £1.8 billion by 2015 and to exceed £2 billion by 2017.

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