International Relations Office

Updates on the University's global engagement activities

Visits from Latin America

📥  Event

Last week we welcomed senior colleagues from two of our international strategic partners in Latin America: the National University of Colombia (UNAL) and the University of Campinas (UNICAMP).

National University of Colombia, 4th June

Professor Catalina Arévalo Ferro, the Director of External Affairs, met with representatives from all Faculties and the School of Management. Professor Ferro’s visit was aimed at creating more opportunities for UNAL staff to collaborate with Bath and for UNAL students to study at Bath, due to an increasing demand from their students for exchange placements at Bath.

During the meeting we also discussed the opportunities for Bath students to benefit from our partnership with UNAL, including Spanish language courses, internships at UNAL’s research centres and summer schools.

University of Campinas, 5th June

Professor Alvaro Crósta, the Vice Rector, and Professor Eleonora C. Albano, Advisor in the International Relations Office, were here to meet with the Academic Skills Centre to discuss a bespoke teacher training course at Bath for UNICAMP academics.

The course will enable UNICAMP academics to improve their English language skills, and will teach them how to pass on their skills to others when they return to Brazil. This is an important skill to have, as a growing number of publications are written in English.

UNICAMP1 6 June 2015


More information about our partnership with UNAL and UNICAMP is available on our wiki page (Bath staff only).



Going Global 2015

📥  Event

Last week, I joined the Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation), IRO Partnerships Manager and the Director of ICHEM at the British Council’s annual international conference - Going Global 2015 in London. This annual event gathering leaders in Higher Education from around the world was a fantastic opportunity for us to take part in important debates and discuss issues and challenges facing our sector.

With over 1000 participants at the conference, it was a great opportunity for us to catch up with existing partners, develop new relationships and showcase the University to international stakeholders.

VC and Rajani


One of the popular sessions - “TNE: global wellbeing or new imperialism?” was chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and entirely curated by Professor Rajani Naidoo (pictured with the Vice-Chancellor above). Focusing on how transnational education can develop creative synergies across borders and cultures, speakers discussed its impacts at local, regional and national levels. Through an innovative concept - fishbowl conversations, participants also shared their opinions on whether transnational education contributes to global well-being through mutual benefit or whether it’s simply a new form of imperialism. Participants were divided in a number of groups, each focusing on a specific topics, shared examples of best practice and made policy recommendations as well as suggestions for further research to be carried out within the field of Higher Education Management.

Going Global blog pic


International visits in June

📥  Event

We have a series of exciting visits involving our Strategic Partners this month. Here are some highlights to look out for:

  • On 4 June the Director of External Affairs from the National University of Colombia (UNAL) will be visiting the University to discuss the consolidation of existing and development of new activities under our university-wide partnership.
  • The Vice President Professor Alvaro Crósta and his adviser from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) will be visiting on 5 June. They are here to meet with the Academic Skills Centre to finalise a collaborative programme of teacher training activities that has been in development for the past year.
  • Professor Colin Grant, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation) is in South Africa this week visiting our Strategic Partner, Stellenbosch University. He will be discussing the next steps in our bilateral agreement and multilateral interests. Whilst in South Africa, he will also be in Pretoria to engage with policy makers.
  • A delegation from the Faculty of Engineering and Design, led by Dean Professor Gary Hawley, will be in Singapore to meet with Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore. Whilst in Singapore, there are also plans to meet with Dyson, Rolls Royce, Airbus and the Singapore Public Water Utility.

Exploring new opportunities for collaboration in research, Professor Grant will be in Qatar at the end of the month to meet with the Qatar Foundation, and in Dubai to meet with alumni and UK universities based there.

If you are a member of staff and have an international visit coming up, we'd like to know. Just send us an email to


Latest news & updates

📥  Award, Development, Event, International Strategy

I am very delighted to write the first post.

First of all, here are some recent developments the University has achieved internationally. We’ll be discussing some of them in the future posts.

  • The University’s new International Strategy was adopted by Council on the 26th February 2015. If you want to meet in person and discuss aspects of the Strategy, please get in touch with me.
  • The new IRO section introduces who we are and what we do. Further developments to the University website will soon be underway to create and update content to reflect our new international direction.
  • We have created a new IRO wiki. This self-help source can help you find information about our recruitment, mobility and partnerships activities, including advice on international travel and guidelines on hosting visitors to detailed briefings on our Strategic Partners.
  • I am very delighted to announce we have received a Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards nomination for Outstanding International Strategy.

We’ve also recently hosted a number of high-profile events.

We plan to post regularly about specific initiatives and activities taking place on campus and overseas by members of the IRO. So, please stay tuned.