Oct / Nov Opportunities

Strategic Partnerships
Below is a selection of strategic partnerships opportunities we have developed; these opportunities
go further than simple TNE and would allow a university to develop a presence in the European

Campus in a Campus Joint Venture (Lithuania)
We have a very interesting opportunity with a private university in Lithuania who are keen to find a
UK university who would be interested in partnering with them to create a “campus in a campus
model”. The host university is based in Vilnius and has just located in a brand-new leased campus
near the airport and the centre of town.
The idea is based on a partnership which would see the local university offer facilities,
administration and academic resources, which would allow the “campus in a campus” to offer a
range of the UK partners programmes, including foundation, undergraduate and post-graduate
programmes and top-ups both on a dual degree and/or franchise model. The UK university will
provide programme content, expertise on programme provision, recruitment process etc.
The host university will target potential students from the CIS, Baltic States, India and other
developing markets and would act as a bridge between these markets and the UK university. The
models that could be run would include:
• Courses delivered completely in the host university.
• Courses where part is delivered in Lithuania and part in the UK (allowing for UK experience).
• Delivery of foundation degree programmes for international students, allowing for the
building of English language and study skills before coming to the UK to take full degree.
Lithuania offers a high quality and low-cost environment for students, with good student visa
regulations, meaning that the cost for courses would be considerably lower than in the UK.
The host university currently delivers programmes in:
• Entrepreneurship and Management
• Marketing and Advertising
• Entertainment and Tourism Industry
• Law

Based on initial research they also believe there will be demand:
• Aircraft Maintenance
• Psychology
• Game Art
• HR Management
• Cybersecurity

• Various specialised leadership programmes (e.g. in Healthcare)
However, they are open to a range of new subject and these will be decided between the partners.

The local partner would also be keen to develop areas of research. As a locally licenced university
the host has the ability to apply for both local and EU funds, and the Lithuanian government is keen
to attract international researchers to Lithuania and increase the volume and quality of research
being undertaken. There is likely to be a call early next year for the establishment of new joint
research centres (between local and international universities) next year.

Financial Model
This is to be agreed, but it should be based around a shared risk model, with fees being shared in
some way, and both sides investing in the development of the project.
Significant Opportunity to Acquire a Presence in the Baltic States
We have a very significant opportunity for a UK university to take a controlling interest in a highly
successful and highly ranked private business school in Central and Eastern Europe (EU).
The School was established in 1999 by the Norwegian Business School (who are still a small
shareholder), and since then it has become widely recognised as a regional leader (it is the most
highly ranked in the country). It currently has around 1500 undergraduate students, 300 post
graduate students, and 200 students studying an executive MBA. Much of the curriculum, and all
the post graduate provision is taught in English.
The school has a full university licence, and a range of other international accreditations, it has a
campus in Vilnius Old Town with excellent facilities which is leased long term from the
church. There is also access to sufficient high-quality student accommodation through existing
partnerships with local providers.
The school is currently owned by a group of shareholders. The majority shareholder is a large state
technical university, who as a result of changes within the higher education system in the market
(reorganisation) is keen to divest itself of the school as it does not fit with the new strategic direction
of the institution (however they would like to retain and shareholding, and would be keen to explore
other areas of strategic partnership with a UK university that takes on the school).
The founding rector, who established the school, and then went on to run one of the region’s largest
retailers, and is now chairman of a major local private education provider (schools, vocational, and
recently higher education in partnership with a UK university), is with the knowledge and blessing of
the majority shareholder looking to find a UK university who would be interested in working with
him to acquire a significant shareholding in the school, and then developing the school, both in
terms of business courses, but also in terms of subject areas.
We know this market well, we have had a base there for almost 20 years, so know all the
organisations and people involved, and can vouch for the quality of the opportunity. This will give a
UK university the chance to take on a successful and profitable school, in an EU market that is well
positioned to take international students from the CIS and who’s government has a positive attitude
towards international students, with a high quality faculty (both in terms of teaching and research)
two good campuses with scope to grow, and a proven and skilled management team ready to
support locally.

Strategic Partnership (Campus in Campus) Opportunity (Romania)
We have an interesting opportunity that would suit a UK university that is interested in establishing
a base in the EU, but which does not want to invest in either the creation of a branch campus or the
acquisition of university in the EU to use as a base. The university in question is a small private
university (around 800 students) that was originally founded in 2000 and given full university status
in 2012. It is based on its own campus in a secondary city in Romania.
The University is a not for profit institution, and teaches in four primary subject areas, at both
undergraduate and postgraduate level including Management, Accounting, Law and Police
Studies. The University is keen to develop the courses it teaches and its appeal to both local and
international students, and as a result is looking to develop a strategic partnership with a UK
university. The plan would be to allow for the creation of a UK University “Campus within a
Campus”. The UK university could offer their own degrees across a range of subject areas (Duelled
where appropriate) and foundation degree (year 0) to international students (Romania is well
situated for attracting students from a range of CIS and neighbouring countries. Students could then
study part or all of their course in Romania or transfer to the UK.
The Local University would be able provide the base for the campus, the administrative support, and
access to faulty (who could be on the payroll of the local university), as well the ability to jointly
develop research proposals and activity.

Strategic and Significant Opportunity in Hospitality, Tourism and Business (Luxembourg)

We have a unique opportunity for a UK university to develop a strategic partnership with a group of
three private universities based in Luxemburg.
The Universities are well established and ranked and specialise in Hospitality, Tourism and Business
and are in the process of opening a new joint campus in the town of Wiltz. The campus is based in a
stunning castle (https://www.visitluxembourg.com/en/place/castle/wiltz-castle ), and obviously
provides an exceptional European location for UK universities looking for partnerships of scale post

One of these universities is ranked as one of the top European schools of hospitality management,
and all courses are delivered in English, another (business focused) has experience of delivering dual
degree programmes with a UK university. The idea is to have one strategic partner covering all the
relevant subject areas, allowing for scale of opportunity. They are keen to look at both
undergraduate and post graduate programmes.
The universities currently recruit all around the globe, with 95% of students being international (70%
from EU member states).

Opportunity to establish a joint venture with established university on the development
of a British “University Campus” (Bulgaria)

The Opportunity: We are aware of a potentially excellent opportunity for a UK university to develop
an EU based campus in partnership with a leading private university, minimising the risk associated
with this type of project.
The Idea:
To create a British campus in Bulgaria allowing a UK university to target EU students post BREXIT
who would like to study in English for a UK Degree, as well as target international students,
specifically from the CIS and Turkey where the partner already recruits strongly. The partner also
has significant research in a number of areas, and significant success in attracting EU money.
The local partner university is ready to create a joint venture, which will have all relevant local
licences and permissions (including the ability to access research funding) and support the
development of the campus.
The private university has three campuses in Bulgaria, including Sofia (Capital) and Varna (Major
costal city) and has capacity it can make available on all three sites. It also has full degree awarding
powers and offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in a number of areas
including Business and Tourism.
The local partner is open for discussions around the type and structure of joint venture.
Why Bulgaria is a good place to base the campus.
• The strength and experience of the local partner minimises risk.
• There is existing facilities and student accommodation that can be used.
• Local legislation allows for the campus to offer Dual Degree programmes with the local
partner, or other Bulgarian university (depending on subject area), or simply offer the UK
• Bulgaria has a student loan system, allowing a Bulgarian (and EU student) to access a loan to
cover the full cost of tuition.
• There is a track record of local and international students paying a premium for an
international degree (the American University charges $11,000 a year).
• The cost of living in Bulgaria is low, and the weather, and quality of life in main cities is good,
making it an attractive destination for international students.
• The quality of education is good, and there is a good availability of high-quality local faculty.
Bulgaria has a strong track record of attracting international students from the CIS markets and

Update – Significant Computer Science and Computer Gaming Opportunity (Latvia)
I held a meeting earlier this week with the Deputy State Secretary of Economy of Latvia to discuss a
large initiative that the government is supporting to create a major education hub for Computer
Science in Latvia. This initiative has the support of a range of large international businesses that
have a significant IT development presence in the region (Accenture, Evolution Gaming, Barclays
etc). The aim of the project is to increase the number of students studying IT related subjects by
3,000 a year. These students will be recruited globally with a particular focus on the CIS region.

In order to achieve this ambitious target, the plan is to create between three and four large scale
TNE partnerships (Joint Faculties) between international universities and local universities. These
partnerships would be based on the delivery of dual degree programmes (UG and PG) across a range
of Computer Science and Computer Gaming disciplines, with the aim of each partnership having
between 600- 100 students. There is no set format for these partnerships, though the government
is keen that the partnership should also cover PHD and Research activity.
The government will support the development of these “Joint Faculties” through offering political
and financial support to the local universities who are selected to take part in the programme. The
financial support will potentially cover the development of new infrastructure, new staffing,
partnership development and marketing support for student recruitment etc.
The project also has the support of a significant number of international and local technology
businesses, headed by Accenture, who will also be making significant investments to support the
creation of this IT education hub. CCG has been asked to help in the identification of UK universities
who would be interested in getting involved in this project. We have been asked by the Ministry to
speak to our existing client base to get an idea of the interest in the project from UK universities, if
there is sufficient then we intend to restrict this opportunity to our existing client base.
Dual and Franchise Degree opportunities

Below is a selection of current opportunities we have developed for dual degree programmes.
These opportunities include dual degrees (franchised and validated for in country delivery) dual
degrees based on mobility (2+1, 2+2 and 1+1) and simple franchised programmes.
Potential Opportunity with a leading Czech University. (Czech Republic)
The University is one of the newest state universities in the Czech Republic and was founded in
1991. It can however trace its roots back to 1953 when it was originally established as a teacher
training college. The University has quickly established itself as one of the rising stars of Central and
Eastern Europe, with a QS ranking of 801, and is listed by THE as one of the top 30 Universities in
Central and Eastern Europe. The University has six faculties Medicine, Education, Fine Arts, Arts,
Social Science and Science and currently has around 9000 students.
The University is keen to identify a UK university would be interested in developing a partnership
that would cover a range of areas, including the development of dual degree programmes (PG and
PHD initially), student and staff mobility, and the development of a strategic research relationship
that could cover a number of academic areas.
The model for the dual degree would be a mobility one, with the student studying part of the time in
Ostrava and part in the UK. The initial ideas that Ostrava have identified for the development of
these programmes would include Biology (variations of) Mathematics and Geography (Physical,
Environmental and Social). They would also be keen to look at possible models that would cover
Education, Arts, Fine Arts and Allied Health.
The University is keen to use the partnership to increase the number of international students that
they attract, and also to enrich the student experience.

Significant opportunity for franchising of degree programmes in Malta
We are in discussions with a well-established provider of Higher Education in Malta. The
organisation has had a long-standing relationship with a UK university and has achieved reasonable
numbers in both business and IT. For a number of reasons, the relationship has come to an end, and
the provider is looking for a new partner who would be interested in franchising both UG and PG
courses in Business and Computing to them for delivery in market.
There would initially be around 250 students, but they would expect that to rise to around 400 over
the next couple of years. The make-up of the student body is currently 60% local and 40%
Partnership opportunity (including Dual Degree) with Leading Georgian University
We have a very exciting opportunity for a UK university to develop a partnership with the leading
Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. The university was founded in 1994, following the breakdown of
the Soviet Union with the support of the US government to educate potential civil servants and
politicians. Since then it has developed a number of other faculties (or Schools) and now offers
courses in:
• Political Science
• Business Administration
• Public Policy
• Journalism
• Media and Mass Communications
The university is keen to develop its international partnerships, it still has strong links to the US and
works with a number of leading US universities including the University of Georgia and Michigan
State. It has also developed a dual master’s programme with the Warsaw School of
Economics. However, it has no partnership links with UK universities, and is keen to identify a
partner university it can initially develop a relationship which would cover mobility, study abroad,
joint research. The University is in the process of developing a new campus, which should be
finished in around 3 years time, they will then be looking at bringing in significant numbers of
international students and would like to have dual degree programmes as part of the offering they
take to market. Until that time, they are constrained by physical capacity, so would not be able to
commit to significant numbers (but would be keen to develop the dual programmes).
Dual Degree opportunities with Technical University of Varna (Bulgaria)
The Technical University of Varna is based in the Black Sea city of Varna, it was established in 1962
and has over 5,000 full time students. The University is campus based, with accommodation,
restaurants, sports facilities etc on site. The University is already teaching a number of its courses
in English and wishes to develop more as it looks to attract an increasing number of international
students (currently they are recruiting strongly from the CIS). As a result, they are keen to develop a
dual degree relationship with a UK university. The have a number of strengths, where they would be
keen to look at establishing both UG and PG dual degree programmes including:
• Navigation
• Shipbuilding
• Marine Engineering
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• Computer Science (recognised as one of the leading faculties nationally)
• Manufacturing and Engineering Technologies
• Robotics and Mechatronics
• Industrial management
They are happy to look at a number of different models for the development of the dual degree,
from in country delivered franchised or validated, to 2+1 or 1+1 type models. They are also keen to
explore possible partnerships in research, particularly in engineering, robotics and shipbuilding.
Partnership Opportunity with Major Lithuanian University (Lithuania)
This is one of the leading comprehensive universities in Lithuania. The University is based in Kaunas
(second city) and has around 12,000 students. The University is due to grow in size as a result of its
merger with the Lithuanian University of Agriculture (Aleksandras Stulginskis University). The
University covers a range of subject areas including Science, Arts, Business, informatics and Social
Sciences. Following the completion of merger, the University will see the integration of the
agriculture programmes.
The University is interested in the development of a partnership which a UK university which would
see the development of a range of double degree programmes (over a period of time) and the
development of research and mobility partnerships. The preferred model for the double degree is
3+1 or 2+2 , or 1+1, though they would also look at a franchised or validated model for delivery in
market (they have experience of this). They would initially like to focus on Natural Sciences, Social
Sciences, Biotech and Bio Chemistry.

Masters Top Up Opportunity in Nutrition and Health Coaching – USA Online
We have an unusual opportunity for a UK university to work with a USA/UK registered accrediting
body. The accrediting body offers accredited qualifications in a range of areas, including business,
cyber security and healthcare at various levels (all awards are Ofqual approved and written to UK
standards). They are looking for a UK university who would be interested in offering a top up to
their level 7 nutrition and health coaching diploma, to a Masters by adding a short research
They are looking for a UK university to partner with them and franchise the award, and assure the
quality and standards of their award, they will also need to approve the bodies diploma for
progression purposes for progression purposes (articulation agreement) and approve their own
suitably tailored dissertation/project and their subsequent Masters award. Through
the organisations team and their partnership with a new specialist university in the
USA (International Health Coach University) there will be scope for local assessment of the
This course will be delivered online, and numbers are likely to be significant.

Partnership with the Academy of Dramatic Art (Croatia)
The Academy was founded in 1950, and is part of Zagreb University, an institution of 80,000
students, with 34 faculties, covering 9 fields of study. In Croatia faculties are all powerful and look
after the development of their own strategic international partnerships. As a result, this opportunity
is focused exclusively on this Academy.

The Academy currently has around 400 students and teaches both undergraduate and post graduate
programmes in Film, Theatre and Dance. They are keen to form a partnership with a UK university
that will start with the development of mobility and research activity, as well as sending students on
summer schools, building to the potential of dual degree activity.
The Academy has experience of working in partnership with UK universities, having
research/mobility relationships with Falmouth, Royal School of Speech and Drama, and Leeds

Franchise and Validation Opportunity Leading Regional Business School Croatia
This is a leading Business School is a leading regional business school, with campuses in Zagreb
(Croatia) and Belgrade (Serbia). The Business School was founded in 2002, and has developed a
range of MBA programmes, as well as offering an extensive Executive Education programme. The
School is AMBA accredited and is looking for a quality UK university would be interested in
franchising undergraduate business programmes, and also in validating their existing MBA provision.
If you would like further information, and to arrange a call with one of the founders of the school
please let me know and we will arrange.

Dual and Franchise Opportunity in Business and Tourism (Slovenia)
We have an interesting opportunity with a leading Slovenian private university based near the
centre of Ljubljana, and was founded in 2010, it is part of the B2 group the most important and
largest private education business in Slovenia, that also operates a large vocational college, two
secondary schools and large scale informal computer training centres.
The University currently delivers two undergraduate (Business Informatics and Marketing
Communication & PR) and two postgraduate programmes (Management and Informatics and
Marketing Management), the Masters are only delivered in English. They are interested in
identifying a UK university who would be interested in looking at developing a dual degree across
these subjects, and they are also interested in franchising and delivering a UK universities
programme in Hospitality Management (UG and PG) as there is no similar programme available in
the Slovenian market and they believe there is potential for good numbers.

Partnership Opportunity with State University in (Croatia)

We have been in discussions with a major university in Croatia, the University is one of the oldest in
Europe and can trace its routes back to 1396, it is also the largest integrated university in Croatia,
this means it has departments rather than autonomous faculties, which allows the university to take
a more strategic view to partnerships. The University has 25 departments covering a wide range of
subject areas. All departments offer courses in English, and they are keen to look at building a
partnership with a similar type of UK university. We have asked them to identify key areas where
they feel most ready to develop teaching (dual degree and mobility) and research partnerships and
they have identified:
• Maritime Engineering (underwater technologies)
• Geography
• Tourism
• Aquaculture
• Psychology

They would however also be interested in looking at other areas as the partnership develops.

High Quality Engineering TNE Opportunity (Latvia)
The leading technical university in Latvia, has around 15,000 students (almost 3,000 of whom are
international), and has a strong reputation for its teaching and research (QS Ranking 651). The
University is keen to find a strategic partnership with a UK university to offer Dual Degree
programmes (on a franchise or validated model). To begin with they want to focus on their
Engineering faculty, though the plan would be to extend to other areas (with the correct partner)
and would suggest starting with UG and PG programmes in Electronic Engineering and/or
The University is in the process of completing a new campus in the centre of Riga, and when this is
complete the Engineering School will have the most modern facilities in the region.

An excellent opportunity for TNE in Computing, Computer Gaming and Digital Marketing
in Croatia.

We have an excellent opportunity to work with a very good private university in Croatia. The
University College is the flagship institution of the largest private education organisation in Croatia,
as a group they have over 15,000 students in higher education and lifelong learning
programmes. The University College has over 1000 students with an annual enrolment of 300
students a year, growing at 20% year on year and is ranked 1st of all universities of applied science in
terms of quality assurance and quality of the educational process.
The University College carries out Undergraduate and Post Graduate studies in Computer
Engineering, Multimedia Computing, Digital Marketing and an e-Leadership MBA programme
(implemented in partnership with the University of Indiana).
The University also has a strong reputation for applied research in a number of areas including Data
Science and the application of information technology in education.
They are keen to identify a UK university who could partners with them on the development of Dual
Degree programmes across all the areas they teach. I have to say I have been extremely impressed
by their senior management, and I think they would make an excellent and high-quality partner.
Opportunity to for TNE partnership with dynamic young business focused University in
This School of Business was founded in 2006 and is a part state part private university (partially
owned by Municipality). There are currently around 500 students, and the university offers a limited
number of undergraduate programmes (Marketing, Communications, Cultural Management,
Production and Supply Chain Management) and also Masters programmes in Marketing and
Communications. ZSB offer an extensive English Language programme to all students and is keen to
increase the number of courses it offers to international students in English. They are interested in
developing a dual degree partnership with a UK university that would allow them to offer dual
degrees across a range of courses (probably on a validation model), and also potentially look at
franchising courses that they do not currently have.

Czech Republic – Large scale franchise degree opportunity (Czech Republic)
We have an interesting opportunity from the Czech Republic, we have a well-established and highly
ranked private university (mainly business subjects) with two campuses (Prague and Brno) looking to
identify a UK university who would be interested in franchising both undergraduate and post
graduate provision across a range of areas, which include Marketing, Media, Digital Media,
Communication, Tourism, Phycology and Management in Healthcare.
A recent change in Czech legislation makes it straightforward for a University from the EU to form a
partnership with a local University, and for that University to deliver franchised degree programmes
from the EU partner (whilst not issuing a local degree). There is a current example of this with
Prague College (https://www.praguecollege.cz/).
The partner believes there is a market locally for this provision, as well as an opportunity to target
students from Pakistan and India (where they are already recruiting), and also believe there would
be increased interest post BREXIT.

Strategic TNE Opportunity in Bulgaria
We are in discussions with one of the leading private universities in Bulgaria (Varna Free
University http://www.vfu.bg/en/) the university was founded in 1995 and has over 12,000
students. The university offers a wide range of courses (including double diplomas with the
Norwegian Business School), which they deliver on a full time, part time or distance learning
basis. The eight schools are based in three faculties:
• International Economics and Administration
• Law
• Architecture
They deliver many courses in English and are looking to develop a strategic TNE relationship with a
UK university which will look to build a portfolio of dual degree programmes across a range of areas
including Business, International Relations, Computer Studies, Phycology, Architecture, Construction
Engineering, Fashion, Fashion management and Fine Arts.
The University recruits well internationally from Turkey and the CIS, and post BREXIT could make a
good place to target European students (the Bulgarian student finance regulations would suit
this). There is also good quality research in a range of areas, and the University’s campus in the
seaside town of Varna (Sunny Beach) makes this a good place for student life.
TNE Partnership with Spiru Haret University (Romania)
Spiru Haret is the largest private university in Romania, the University was established in 1991 and
has 6 campuses spread across the major cities of the country. It has a total of 15 faculties spanning a
wide range of subject areas, including Social Science, Business, Engineering, Computer Science,
Education and Law. It offers over 100 Undergraduate Programmes, and almost
150 Masters Programmes. The University also has good research, being the first university in
Romania to receive the HR Excellence in Research mark by the European Commission.
The University’s business school is developing a strong reputation and works closely with
business. They have recently developed a new business support hub, which offers a range of
services to business in Romania, including training, innovation support, research and matchmaking
services in internationalisation support.

The University has a number of international partnerships but is keen to develop a strategic
partnership with a UK university which will allow for the development of dual degree programmes
(taught by Spiru Haret in Romania) the potential to develop joint research and to secure student
mobility. The business school is also keen to establish a number of partnerships with UK universities
with experience in the development of business support services.

Entrepreneurial University Opportunity in Slovenia
This college is part of the largest private education provider in Slovenia, this comprises a Business
Faculty and a Vocational College. The Business Faculty is one of the leading private universities in
the country, educating 500 Students across four programmes (2 Undergraduate and 2 Postgraduate)
in Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing and Corporate Security Management. All programmes are
taught in English. The Faculty has the highest employability rate in the country (98% – compared to a
national average of 76%). The Faculty has strong regional research, with its own scientific journal
and runs many conferences, as well as having an extensive summer school programme.
The University is keen to partner with a UK university who would be keen to offer dual degree
programmes (either franchised or validated), initially focusing on the courses the University already
has, and then potentially developing new business-related courses (probably on a licence or
franchise model). We believe student financing in Slovenia could make it a very attractive market
for UK universities to base dual degree programmes.
If you would be interested in speaking to them let me know and I will arrange a call.

Business TNE Opportunity Czech Republic (Czech Republic)
We have a small private university in the Czech Republic looking for a dual degree partner. The
University was founded in 2004 and has around 1200 students split across two campuses, one in
Prague and one in Brno. They have around 20% international students (they are seeing increasing
numbers from India at the moment) and have been ranked as the best private university in the
Czech Republic for the past five years. They take a practical approach to teaching, with all students
needing to take a compulsory placement each year. They also mix academics and business people in
the delivery of course, for example the President of the Czech National Bank currently delivers a
course at the university.
They have a number of courses taught in English but would be interested in starting with an UG
programme in Business Administration. They are looking to develop a strategic relationship with a
UK university to launch a number of dual degree programmes over the coming years.
Large Regional University in Czech Republic
The University is a general university based in the Czech Republic, the university has around 7,000
students, and offers studies in the following fields:
• Economics/Business
• Social Sciences
• Humanities
• Educational Studies
• Natural Sciences
• IT
They have a strong selection of courses taught in English at both UG, PG and PHD levels (35) and
have had some experience of working with UK universities in research (e.g. St Andrews on
Toxicology) and have had a double degree in the past with the University of Huddersfield (mobility

The University already has the highest percentage of international students of any Czech state
university. They are keen to increase student numbers and believe a partnership with a UK
university who would be able to offer dual degree programmes across a range of areas, and at a
range of levels, and where there would also be scope for the development of joint research and
student mobility would be key.
They believe the most promising initial areas for dual degree programmes are:
• Informatics and Management
• Political Science
• Arts
• Chemistry
• Toxicology

Technical University in Czech Republic (Czech)
We have been in discussions with this Technical University (QS ranking 801-1000). The University is
based in the Czech Republic, it is a state university, with around 18,000 students, of which 2,000 are
international. The number of international students is growing, and the university is keen to
develop the number of courses it delivers in English, and as part of that create a relationship with a
UK university (or a small number of universities) that could offer partnership on dual degree
programmes across a number of areas. The University already has a dual degree with Liverpool
John Moores (MBA) so understands what the development of a TNE relationship looks like.
They initially want to focus on Masters programmes (for non-EU international students, target
numbers 30+ per course) but would also look at the development of undergraduate programmes for
EU students. Current fees are between 4,000 and 5,000 euro a year for Masters. The areas they are
interested in initially are:
• Marketing/Business
• Mechatronics
• Applied Mechanics
• Telecommunications Technology
• Civil Engineering
• Biomedical Engineering
There would then be scope to develop other areas.

TNE and Capacity Building with the University of Ostroh (Ukraine)
The University of Ostroh can trace its roots back to 1576, when it was the first HE institution in
Ukraine. The Academy in a member of the European Universities Association and is ranked as one
the top ten universities (from a quality and transparency point of view) in Ukraine. It is small
(currently 3,500 students) however has recently seen to completion of a major redevelopment of
facilities which means its capacity has grown to 6,000 students.
It is keen to develop a TNE and Capacity Building relationship with a UK university. It would like to
focus its TNE activity on its strongest academic area which is Languages. The Language school
currently offers undergraduate and post graduate programmes in English, French, German, Polish,
Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Aramaic and Arabic. It also has schools of Economics, Political Studies,
Humanities, Law, and International Relations, and would consider these areas as well with an
existing partner.
The University will also be looking for support from the UK partner for leadership, staff and
curriculum development (funded through the Ukrainian Ministry of Education).
TNE and Capacity Development Opportunity with Karazin Kharkiv University (Ukraine)
Karazin Kharkiv University was founded in 1804 and has the highest QS ranking of any Ukrainian
University (480). It has 20 schools, including schools of Biology, Chemistry, computer science,
economy, languages, tourism, mathematics, physics (x4!) business and a medical school. It has
25,000 students (5,000 international) and attracts students from over 60 countries, with the main
markets being Nigeria, India, Zimbabwe, Ghana and the Middle East.
The university has 9 double degree programmes with European universities (France, Spain, Poland
and Italy) based on a mobility model, and also has research relationships with both Exeter and Aston
University. They are keen to find a UK partner to develop a range of dual degree programmes aimed
at both international and local students based on the delivery of the programme in Ukraine (but
would also look at mobility model) and also the development of joint research activity. They would
also be keen for the UK partner to be able to offer capacity building support (leadership, staff and
curriculum development).
They would like to start with looking at areas where they already teach in English (medical related, IT
and Computer Science, Applied Physics and Business) but they would also like to look at other areas
once the partnership has been developed.

Sumy State University (Ukraine)
The University is based in the North East of Ukraine and is one of the leading universities in
Ukraine. The university appears in a number of global ranking including Times Higher Education
World Ranking, QS World Ranking (top 150 under 50) It is a general university covering engineering,
IT, medicine, humanities, social sciences and life sciences. The University has over 15,000 students,
with around 1,500 being international. They have students from over 50 countries on campus, with
the main countries/areas the university recruits from being India, Iraq, Iran, CIS markets and
increasingly Africa.
The University also has well developed online provision, they have developed their own e-learning
platform which they have successfully sold to universities in 14 countries, and they have over 1,000
students studying online degree programmes in English. They are one of the few universities in
Ukraine who are able to earn over 50% of their income from sources other than state funding.
They have relationships with a number of UK universities (research) including Leeds and
Sheffield. They are keen to now find a more strategic partner for the development of a range of dual
degree programmes. They wish to use these programmes to target further international students,
and also to offer to local students who are currently leaving to study in Poland and other CEE
markets. The University currently delivers a range of programmes in English including:
• Management
• Economics
• IT/Computer Science
• Nano Electronics
• Electrical Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Law

As well as dual degree development they are also very keen on developing strong research
partnerships, and also in gaining support from their partner for leadership, staff and curriculum .

National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (Ukraine)
As part of the programme sponsored by the Ministry of Education in Ukraine we have been speaking
to this university. The University is ranked 6th in Ukraine and is the leading university of
Environmental and Life Sciences. It has 32,000 students, 26,000 studying at the main campus in
Kiev, and the balance at a network of 10 smaller regional campuses spread across the country. As
well as a full range of undergraduate, post graduate and doctoral studies the university also has
strong research, especially in agricultural and life sciences.
The University is keen to identify a UK university who would be keen to partner with them in a
number of areas, including the development of dual Masters degree programmes, the development
of joint research and in supporting the University with capacity building (leadership, staff and
curriculum development). The University has a small number of international students at present
but teaches an increasing number of courses in English. To begin with they would like to focus dual
degree programmes in the following areas:
• Economics and Management (where much of the current teaching is in English)
• Mechanical Engineering
• Food Science
• Agronomy
• Forestry
• Veterinary Medicine