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 South Africa Higher Education Institutions and/or sector bodies: Strengthening Commercialisation Skills (SCS) programme grant

Opportunity opens: 11 September 2023
Opportunity closes: 20 October 2023

The British Council is calling for applications from South Africa Higher Education Institutions and/or sector bodies to support the dissemination and contextualisation of the Humanities and Arts Social Sciences (HASS) commercialisation guidelines that were developed as part of the Strengthening Commercialisation Skills (SCS) pilot programme outputs. In 2022, the British Council initiated the SCS programme with the support of Universities South Africa’s (USAf) Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme and the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). The initiative aligns with the British Council’s Innovation for African Universities (IAU) programme which focuses on fostering the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within universities in Sub-Saharan Africa as part of the Going Global Partnerships programme. Going Global Partnerships builds stronger, more inclusive, internationally connected higher education and TVET systems which support economic and social growth.  

Under this call, grant funding will be awarded to a consortium of South African HEIs and/or sector bodies to support the British Council and its partners with the dissemination and contextualisation of the HASS commercialisation guidelines. The consortium will also be expected to provide recommendations for the design of the next phase of the SCS programme. The Lead applicant should be based at a SA HEI. 

You can find all relevant documents to apply for this grant on our downloads section below.

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