The British Council in partnership with China’s Ministry of Education (MOE) recently announced its new seed funding programme that will boost education partnerships and deepen collaboration between UK, China, ASEAN and African countries. The UK-China-Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Countries Education Partnership Initiative (UK-CHINA BRICS) programme is British Council’s first multi-country education collaboration designed to promote multilateral partnerships to strengthen and broaden the scope of international higher education. There are 28 universities from 12 countries that will benefit from an initial £420,000 project investment. 

The proposal from Philippines’ DLSU with its lead UK partner University of Exeter and China’s Dalian University of Technology was among the six selected from over 100 proposals received globally. Officially launched on 27 June 2019, the project Joint Offshore Energy Engineering and Innovation Partnership aims to foster international collaboration on renewable energy through joint postgraduate programme, training on research and innovation and faculty and student mobility. 

The British Council intends to design more multi-country higher education partnerships, recognising that solving global and social challenges require the brightest minds from across the world coming together without education being confined to national borders.