Partners, Parliamentarians and guests came together for a parliamentary reception on Tuesday, 17 June in support of the newly launched Connected Scotland partnership.
The event was hosted by George Adam MSP with contributions from the Cabinet Secretary, Michael Russell MSP, Professor Sir Ian Diamond of the University of Aberdeen and Dr Denise Barrault, Executive Director of the Scottish Universities Life Science Alliance (SULSA).
A short video, to explain the background and objectives of Connected Scotland, was premiered to around 70 guests at the event.
Dr Barrault’s presentation explained how Connected Scotland works in practice in regards to brokering new international research partnerships based on SULSA’s recent experience in Hong Kong. Each of the partners played a different role in supporting the mission from initial intelligence gathering, logistics and operational support, funding for the mission and providing cultural awareness.
Connected Scotland has a three year plan to increase the sector’s export income from international student recruitment, delivery of transnational education and the development of new research and commercialisation partnerships.