Seven Scottish universities are heading to South East Asia to take part in the British Council’s Going Global conference. The annual event is a key moment in the international education calendar, allowing professionals to meet, make new connections and debate the future of further and higher education.

Supported by British Council, SDI and Universities Scotland, the delegation includes representatives from:

  • Heriot-Watt University
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Stirling
  • University of the West of Scotland

With the value of international exports from higher education in Scotland calculated at £1.57 billion in 2015, the Scottish sector is ambitious to grow through further export activities and by helping Scottish companies to forge global links.

The Scottish delegates will meet with officials in the Malaysian and Indonesian governments to promote the expertise of universities in Scotland. A key focus will be Scotland's expertise in data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning - key economic priorities for both countries being visited.

In Malaysia, the Scottish delegation will meet with senior management from the Human Resources Development Fund in Malaysia’s Ministry of Human Resources; explore opportunities for partnership with the senior management of the Ministry of Science and Technology and Innovation; and meet with Dr Siti Hamisah, Director General of the Ministry of Higher Education to learn about Malaysia’s flagship collaboration programme MyRAS, which pushes for the advancement of robotics and automation technology.

In Indonesia, the delegation will meet with the Ministry of Education and take part in bespoke visits to universities.

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