Funding higher education partnerships in South East Asia
The INSPIRE programme defines a strategic partnership as one that aims to develop an institution-to-institution link based on a number of different areas of activity. These could be a mix of the following activities:
- research co-operation
- teacher exchange
- curriculum development
- student exchange
- collaborative programme developments.
INSPIRE partnerships take place in a number of countries in South Asia, including Afghanistan, and are funded by the British Council for up to three years.
Over the course of a partnership, institutions should aim to involve different levels and departments within the university to create a multi-dimensional, international relationship.
Aims of strategic partnerships
• To raise the profile of innovative and high quality partnerships between the UK and participating countries
• To build capacity in higher education institutions (HEIs) through the further development of staff's professional skills and international research competence
• To help build sustainable partnerships based on research and teaching agendas
• To trial possible models for future co-operation
Partnership in action
Following an application process, these partnerships were awarded funding: