Internationalising Higher Education (IHE) is a programme to:

  • create collaborative partnerships
  • facilitate policy dialogues
  • support internationalisation of student experiences
  • develop alumni networks
  • promote scholarships
  • provide analysis and advice on international higher education trends and opportunities.

Through our higher education activities, the younger generations gain a wider understanding of both their country and the world around them. 

These activities connect partners in the UK, state universities, Ministry of Higher Education, University Grants Commission, private sector institutions and the corporate sector interested in Higher Education. It also supports the Sri Lanka Higher Education sector to develop expertise in the areas of: 

  • quality assurance
  • academic research
  • entrepreneurship
  • employability and career development
  • leadership and management.

South African Higher Education Report

British Council has commissioned a report looking at the state of higher education in South Africa. The report was produced with the aim of providing an analysis of current trends in higher education (HE) in South Africa and identify ideas, themes and new opportunities to enhance the UK’s engagement with HE in South Africa. 

Education Opportunities

A selection of international development funding opportunities, ranging from major research grants and prizes, to individual fellowships, studentships and training can be found in this section.

Opportunity for UK Higher Education Institutions:  South Africa - UK university entrepreneurship development collaborations

Opportunity opens: 20 December 2021
Opportunity closes: 31 January 2022

The British Council and Universities’ South Africa (USAf) are calling for applications from UK institutions to participate in our joint project on entrepreneurship resource videos and tours as part of the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme, funded by the South Africa Department of Higher Education and Training and supported by British Council’s Going Global Partnerships programme. Going Global Partnerships builds stronger, more inclusive, internationally connected higher education and TVET systems which support economic and social growth.  The EDHE programme aims to develop the entrepreneurial capacity of students, academics, and university leaders, within the context of entrepreneurial universities.

Under this call, grant funding will be awarded to a consortium comprising 5-10 UK Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) and/or Intermediary Organizations in support of a project that aims to contribute to increased knowledge and understanding of resources that are in place at South African universities to support student entrepreneurs. The Lead applicant should be based at a UK HEI.