Connecting international education

The work of the British Council in higher education and science aims to extend, strengthen, and deepen connections between the UK education sector and governments and institutions around the world. It is motivated by the belief that international collaboration produces more effective research for addressing global problems, while enhancing teaching and learning to produce graduates with the skills necessary for economic development. This initiative is part of the Going Global Partnerships programme.

 

Opportunity for UK universities to join the Thai-UK World-class University Consortium

The British Council Thailand, in partnership with the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI), launched the Thai-UK World-class University Consortium to support Thailand’s ambition to reinvent universities towards becoming globally competitive and develop internationally recognised and connected higher education focusing on the shared challenges of quality, inclusion and internationalisation with the UK.  

The objective of the Consortium is to increase commitment and strategic partnerships between Thai and UK universities to support excellence in teaching, research, and innovation capability through the provision of a more equal and inclusive tertiary education.

The Consortium will offer opportunities for UK higher education institutions to engage and collaborate with Thai members to deliver its strategic objectives through submission of a joint Thai-UK proposal. UK universities will automatically become members of the Consortium upon selection of their joint proposals. A Catalyst Grant of up to £10,000 will be available for applicants to support the delivery of the project in the first year (limited number of grants available).  

Benefits to UK universities:

  • Increased strategic partnerships with world ranking higher education institutions in Thailand 
  • Increased international networks, platforms, and opportunities for future collaboration
  • Sharing knowledge, resources, and expertise between Thailand and the UK through joint research and academic programmes, as well as academic and student exchanges.

 

Upcoming activities open to UK institutions:

Activity Timeline Important notes
Open call for Joint Thai-UK Project Proposal and Catalyst Grant under the Consortium 16 August 2021 - 31 October 2021 (23:59 GMT)  See details in the section below 
Thai-UK Higher Education Forum (Hybrid)  7 October 2021 See details in the section below
Networking session with Thai universities in the Consortium 8 October 2021 See details in the section below
The first meeting of Thai-UK Consortium members  TBC January 2022  To be announced
The second meeting of the Thai-UK Consortium members   TBC March 2022  To be announced

 

Project implementation (Year 2 onwards) and the continuity of the Consortium

Project activities from April 2022 onwards will involve the implementation of a joint plan for the submitted proposal, meetings of TH-UK Consortium members, and UK visits (this activity may change depending on the situation). 

MHESI and the British Council will revisit and redefine the project plan, activities, and funding for the following years and announce the next phase of the project. Please click here to stay connected and receive updates via our website.  

 

Open call for Joint Thai-UK Project Proposal under the Thai-UK World-class University Consortium 

The Consortium is offering opportunities for UK higher education institutions to engage and collaborate with Thai members to deliver activities that meet the strategic objectives through the submission of a Joint Thai-UK Project Proposal. Following successful proposal selection, UK universities will join their Thai counterparts and become members of the Consortium. 

Fifteen members from 7 Thai institutions have been selected to become part of the Thai-UK World-class University Consortium in 7 priority areas: Architecture and Built Environment, Chemical Engineering, Life Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry, Medicine, Geography, and Developmental Studies. A list of Thai Consortium members can be accessed through the following link

A Catalyst Grant of up to £10,000 will be available for applicants to support project delivery in the first year (the number of grants is limited). 

The application deadline is 31 October 2021 (23:59 GMT) Please submit your application form to thidaporn.wareenin@britishcouncil.or.th and ekkarat.subannarat@britishcouncil.or.th

Download the application and accompanying annexes below. 

This initiative is part of the Going Global Partnerships programme. Find out about other Going Global Partnerships funding calls, events, policy dialogues and other opportunities.

 

 

Going Global Partnerships main page Thailand

Thai-UK Higher Education Forum and opportunity to attend an exclusive networking event with Thai Consortium Members

We are organising the Thai-UK Higher Education Forum and Networking online event to share best practices and immediate challenges in developing institutional partnerships and connect UK universities with Thai Consortium members. The Networking event will provide an opportunity for UK universities to meet with one or more of the 15 Thai members in the Consortium to discuss and explore possible academic collaboration and research collaboration opportunities. 

The Forum will be held on Thursday, 7 October 2021.

The Networking event will be held on Friday 8 October 2021.

Download the Thai-UK Higher Education Forum event agenda and the summary of focused disciplines from the 15 Thai members of the Consortium 

Register your slot at the virtual forum and the virtual networking event.

Registration is open until 28 September 2021.

 

 

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Last edit: 24 September 2021