Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

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Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Fab Four Hit the Right Notes for Future Overseas Gigs

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British Council identifies 'hotspots' for UK ahead of Going Global conference. Jack Grove reports.

Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates are the best places for British universities to set up overseas campuses or establish partnerships with local higher education providers, a study has found.

The countries have been identified as "hotspots" for transnational education activity by the British Council-commissioned report, which analyses student demand and international mobility in 25 nations, as well as how open their governments are to foreign higher education providers.

Each of the four countries is above average in almost all of the categories recorded, indicating a strong potential for foreign universities to flourish there, according to the report, titled The Shape of Things to Come 2: the evolution of trans-national education.

The study, published on 28 February, is due to be discussed at the British Council's Going Global conference, one of the world's largest gatherings of higher education leaders. The event will take place in Dubai from 4 to 6 March and Times Higher Education is one of its media partners.

The Shape of Things to Come 2 follows repeated calls by David Willetts, the universities and science minister, encouraging British universities to expand the number of courses they teach overseas.

There are around 571,000 people studying abroad for UK higher education qualifications compared with about 488,000 foreign students in the UK, according to the latest Higher Education Statistics Agency figures.

Of the 200 international branch campuses in operation globally, 25 are British, according to a report last year by the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, but Mr Willetts wants to see more. …

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