Our international engagement strategy aims to advance the ambitions of Scottish further and higher education worldwide.
We help universities and colleges strengthen their educational, research and investment activities, promote them overseas as well as support their engagement with opportunities across the UK.
Extending the reach of Scotland’s research base
SFC is a delivery partner, working with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for the Global Challenges Research Fund and the Newton Fund. These funds support research and innovation which benefits developing countries.
In 2017-18 we distributed £4,012,495 from these funds to Scottish universities. Our Global Challenges Research Funding announcement outlines indicative funding allocations for 2018-20 and invites universities to submit three-year strategies for this funding.
We are partners in Connected Scotland, which supports Scotland’s universities and colleges in promoting the quality and scope of their excellence in teaching, research and knowledge exchange in target markets. Our support includes funding for an International Officer post at Universities Scotland.
Indian Scholarships Programme
In 2018-19 SFC is contributing £100,000 to the costs of up to 20 Postgraduate scholarships for Indian students at Scottish universities. The scholarships reflect the themes of the Deputy First Minister’s recent mission to India: big data, medical technologies, and food and water.
Working in partnership
We work in partnership with organisations that share our goals, including the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).
We have an outcome agreement [PDF] for our funding to RSE. Their work developing key relationships with national academies worldwide and contributing as a partner in Connected Scotland includes the International Connections programme which helps to create and support conditions for talented people to live, learn, visit, work and remain in Scotland and supports Scotland's international reputation.
The European Higher Education Area and Bologna Process promotes staff and students’ mobility and aims to make sure that courses are accredited internationally. SFC works with Scottish Government, QAA Scotland and others on Bologna Implementation.