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.

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

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