The British Council and Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation, Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO RIHED) are calling for applications from UK institutions to join our project entitled Strengthening Leadership with Gender, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity in HEIs in the GMS Region and Timor-Leste, as part of SEAMEO RIHED’s initiative on Enhancing Capacities for the Collective Learning and Continuous Development of Higher Education Institutions in the SEAMEO Region, funded by the British Council’s Going Global Partnership Programme. 

About the Project

The project aims to create a sustainable network of leaders among Southeast Asian and UK higher education institutions to promote gender equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) by providing a common space for the sharing of leadership tools as well as igniting new ideas and initiatives. This will lead to the successful management of higher education institutions and contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG4 (Quality Education), SDG5 (Gender Equality), and SDG17 (Partnerships). 

Opportunities will be offered for UK to engage and collaborate with 35 South East Asian universities from 11 countries in Southeast Asia (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam) .

As part of the project, the British Council and SEAMEO RIHED are planning the following three core activities: 

  1. Pre and post Forum with key stakeholders, 
  2. Three-day leadership training (virtual) in February 2022, and
  3. SEA-UK Leadership Exchange Grant. Following the workshop, participants will be eligible to apply for the SEA-UK Leadership Exchange Grant, with up to four grants worth £15,000 each provided to four UK universities, for each to partner with up to eight or nine Southeast Asian universities.

Project activities and key dates include

Pre-workshop Forum with key stakeholders 7 Feb 2022
Three-day Workshop delivery 23 - 25 Feb 2022
Open call for SEA-UK Leadership Exchange Grant  7 - 28 Feb 2022
Delivery of SEA-UK Leadership Exchange Grant 1 Apr 2022 - 31 Mar 2023
Post-workshop Forum with key stakeholders Sep 2022

How to apply 

Interested UK universities should download the information available in the Downloads section below. 

To apply, submit your completed application form along with an applicant CV and a letter of support from your institution. The deadline to submitting the form and required documents is 31 Jan 2022 (23:59 GMT)

Further information

Please send any questions or queries to

About Going Global Partnerships

The UK-Brunei Higher Education Teaching and Learning Partnership is part of the Going Global Partnerships programme. Going Global Partnerships connects universities, colleges, education policy makers and other partners in the UK and around the world. The programme offers you vital international opportunities - the chance to build relationships, to share ideas and good practice, to access grant funding for collaborative partnerships and more. Find out more and apply now for our funding calls and opportunities.