Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

'Partners of Choice' Bring £1Bn Boost

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

'Partners of Choice' Bring £1Bn Boost

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UK providers to run 16 'colleges of excellence' in Saudi Arabia

Colleges and training providers in the UK are leading the way in the creation of 100 vocational institutions in Saudi Arabia.

Last week it was announced that contracts worth £850 million had been awarded to UK providers to operate 12 "colleges of excellence" in the Middle Eastern country. Seven of these single-sex institutions will be female-only and will eventually train a total of 14,000 women each year.

The successful bidders were: Lincoln College; Hertvec, a consortium consisting of Hertford Regional College, North Hertfordshire College and the University of Hertfordshire; Fesa, a consortium of leading UK colleges and training providers; and the Oxford Partnership, comprising Activate Learning, Gems Education Solutions and Moulton College.

The latest round of five-year contracts brings the total amount awarded to UK colleges and firms to £1 billion, after deals struck last year by TQ Education and Training, and the Nescot consortium. …

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