About the Forum

Collaboration between higher education institutions is an important part of internationalisation. Institutions are successfully using collaborative models to increase both inbound and outbound student mobility, staff mobility, and international research capacity.

The Higher Education Partnership Forum enables participants from across the globe to connect with partners and to be informed about models of collaboration.

In 2017 the forum takes place in Seville, Spain directly after the ICEF Higher Education Workshop and prior to the EAIE Conference.

The inaugural ICEF 2016 Higher Education Partnership Forum was a resounding success, bringing together educators from around the world interested in developing partnerships with foreign institutions. The forum featured one-to-one meetings as well as a half-day seminar programme that showcased innovative models and best practices in higher education (HE) partnerships. Specifically, these seminars discussed international dual degrees, due diligence as a framework for collaboration, pathways models, and much more.

In total, 151 participants from 101 organisations attended the Forum. This included representatives from 84 accredited higher education institutions in 18 countries.

Forum participants may also attend various seminars, expert panels, and presentations designed to inform and inspire participants with a showcase of models and best practice in HE partnerships. In addition, forum attendees benefit from numerous informal networking opportunities including lunch, coffee breaks, and an evening reception to develop the more social aspects of their business relationships.

Below are some examples of the types of collaborations that participants are able to develop during the event:

International dual/double degree programmes: degrees collaboratively offered by two higher education institutions located in different countries. Students receive degree certificates issued from both universities.

International joint degree programmes: programmes collaboratively offered by two (or more) higher education institutions located in different countries. Students study at two or more institutions and gain one degree signed by all participating institutions.

Articulation agreements: allows undergraduate students who have completed a specified curriculum at a partner institution to apply to a university and enrol with advanced standing into a specific programme.

Course-to-Course transfers/contracts: pre‐arranged recognition of the equivalency of specific courses at one institution to the corresponding course at a partner university. Includes private qualification providers.

Third-Party contracts: a university contracts with a third-party for delivery of courses. In this case the third party would be an organisation that is either not an institution of higher learning (private provider), or is an institution that is outside the home country.

Sequential degrees: students earn a specified degree at an institution and completes a second, related programme at a partner university.

Research collaboration: Collaborative research involving international partners.

Study abroad: students spend six months or a year of their degree at an overseas university and receive credits towards their degree. Tuition fees are charged by the receiving university for study abroad.

Exchange: students spend six months or a year of their degree at an overseas university and receive credits towards their degree. Exchange does not involve tuition fees as it involves students from both institutions and is one for one.

About the Forum

September 12, 2017
08:00 – 08:45
Registration, Welcome coffee
08:45 – 09:30
Seminar "Due Diligence in Practice"
09:30 – 10:15
Seminar "Strategic International Public-Private Partnership as a Growth Model"
10:15 – 10:30
Coffee break
10:30 – 11:15
Seminar "Partnering to Create Student Opportunities"
11:15 – 12:00
Seminar "PLuS Alliance Global Knowledge Network"
12:00 – 12:30
Closing Panel
12:30 – 13:30
13:30 – 16:00
1-to-1 Meetings (5 x 30 minutes)
16:00 – 16:30
Coffee break
16:30 – 19:00
1-to-1 Meetings (5 x 30 minutes)
19:00 – 21:00
Networking reception


An overview of the Higher Education Partnership Seminar Programme is available here.


The ICEF Higher Education Workshop takes place at the NH Collection Sevilla hotel. Situated just a short walk from the medieval Santa Cruz district, the Plaza de España, and the World Heritage Site Alcázar of Seville, this state-of-the-art business hotel is the perfect venue for the event.

The modern, 4-star NH Collection Sevilla boasts 11 function rooms, all lit by natural daylight, outstanding conference facilities, a summer terrace with an outdoor pool and garden, and a restaurant specialising in contemporary Mediterranean and Andalusian cuisine.

Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures for the ICEF Higher Education Partnership Forum 2016:

  • 151 participants representing 101 organisations from 19 countries and 6 continents
  • 127 educators representing 84 education institutions from 18 countries
  • 12 exhibitors representing organisations from 3 countries
  • guests and speakers 3 from 9 additional institutions
  • 217 pre-scheduled meetings during the afternoon

Attendee Ratings “Excellent” or “Good”

HEPF16 Liverpool Statistics - ratings

Participants by Continent

HEPF16 Liverpool Statistics - participants by continents

Participants by Country

HEPF16 Liverpool Statistics - by countries
Universities and colleges can arrange up to 11 one-to-one business meetings. These appointments are 30 minutes in duration and serve the dual objectives of meeting with new contacts and/or maintaining existing relationships. Meetings are pre-booked through the online meeting scheduling platform Marcom eSchedule PRO. This platform allows institutions to profile themselves in terms of location, programmes, countries of interest, and type of collaboration sought. Participants are then able to request meetings with the institutions that match their strategic goals.
  • 10 x 30 minute meeting opportunities
  • Seminar sessions
  • Coffee breaks and lunch
  • Networking reception
  • Use of eSchedule Pro meeting booking system
  • Event catalogue
To ensure that you are well prepared and make the most of your forum participation, it is important that you read the Participant Information Pack below.

Participant Information Pack

Hotel Reservation Form:

NH Collection Hotel Sevilla - Reservation Form


  • Event Programme
  • Seminar Programme
  • Other Useful Documents:

  • Shipping Instructions & Delivery Label (General)
  • Shipping Instructions & Delivery Label (Bag Inserts only)
  • Getting Started Information for Marcom eSchedule PRO
  • Scheduling Meetings – Useful Hints & Tips
  • The ICEF Higher Education Partnership Forum will take place at the NH Collection Hotel Sevilla.

    Participants will be offered the following preferential rates:

    NH Collection Hotel Sevilla
    Single room: EUR 125

    Twin/Double room: EUR 135

    The above rates are per room, per night and include breakfast and 10% VAT.
    A hotel booking form is available here.

    “Meeting partner institutions, both current and prospective, has been very interesting. It opened my eyes to some new opportunities. It enabled me to consolidate some existing relationships and also to meet partners from areas I haven’t considered in the past. I think being able to arrange meetings in advance has been very good,” - Donald Mc Alister, Institute of Technology - Carlow, Ireland.

    “I found the seminars informative with interesting examples of partnership models. The meeting software provided a good platform for screening potential partners and arranging meetings. I am happy with the outcomes, 3 potential partnerships, this is an effective event for finding partners,” - Peter Birdsall, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands.

    “We can accomplish two goals in one visit. We can come to ICEF today and EAIE tomorrow. It saves us a lot of time and money,” - Jinglin Xia, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, China.

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