The Scottish Government’s Higher Education and Learner Support Division has responsibility for the future provision and funding of higher education and university research. This includes the investment in institutions and students as well as the broad range of access opportunities through articulation, undergraduate, postgraduate and international activities and partnerships.To complement the Government Economic Strategy, the Scottish Government’s International Framework sets out how international HE activities will contribute to the Scottish Government’s Purpose of increasing sustainable economic growth.Greater detail about the implementation of the International Framework may be found in Action Plans for Europe (2009) with updated Appendices (2014), USA (2010), Canada (2010), India (2010), China (2012); development priorities in Pakistan (2010) and Africa including Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia and Tanzania; and Nordic-Baltic (2014).

Participating fully in the European Higher Education Area, the Scottish Government support students to move between educational opportunities directly via Erasmus+ and the Portability Pilot being conducted by SAAS. Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships are offered to encourage inward mobility and an Outward Mobility Fund for institutions to arrange shorter projects aligned to the countries included in the International Framework. In 2014  the Scottish Government will fund a one-year project by National Union of Students Scotland to expand awareness and uptake of these opportunities among young people. The Scottish Government also has a role in coordinating and sharing information on international HE activity undertaken by our partners.

The Scottish Government is committed to delivering on its overall Purpose of increasing sustainable economic growth and National Outcomes, particularly National Outcome 3 (We are better educated, more skilled and more successful, renowned for our research and innovation). Within this overall Purpose, the Scottish Government’s contribution to Connected Scotland will enhance our global connections and international profile for our higher education exports – one of Scotland’s seven economic growth sectors.

Support for Connected Scotland

The Scottish Government works closely with all the Connected Scotland partners:

  • to encourage and facilitate mobility for greater employability;
  • to lead the enhancement of our international research; and
  • to develop transnational education opportunities.