CCG was founded in 1999, initially as a general international business development consultancy working with companies from the UK who wanted to develop business in the rest of Europe. Education was at the time one of the many sectors we worked in, however over the years our roster of education clients grew, and we decided to focus exclusively on supporting the development of Higher and Further Education projects. We believe that our background in the commercial world, along with our detailed understanding of Higher Education put us in a unique position to help Universities develop strategic and viable international activities.
We now operate across Europe, the CIS (with the exception of Russia), North America, parts of Central and South America and Africa. Our clients fall into three categories, Universities and Colleges, Government Ministries and Agencies and Large Corporates. We offer slightly different services to each;
Universities and Colleges: We support universities in the development of their international work, focusing on the development of branch campuses, joint faculties and large scale TNE relationships (dual/double degree programmes, staff and student mobility and joint research), support their international strategy development and implementation and support their capacity development. In Europe, we work with several hundred universities, but traditionally UK universities have been our clients, and we currently deliver projects for 40 Universities (around a third of all UK universities), though our client base now includes a number of European Universities.
Government Ministries/Agencies: We work at a governmental level on the development of large scale projects that require the involvement or expertise from international universities. For example, we have worked on the development of a large Strategic project in Latvia which required the creation of a number of large scale dual degree partnerships to attract 3,000 international students a year to Latvia. Our role was to develop the models of partnerships, in consultation with all key stakeholders, including government, businesses and local universities, and to identify and attract a number of high-profile international partners. This project is ongoing we have already secured a number of the partnerships, including a partnership with a leading US University. We have also worked for a number of national governments in Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Ukraine.
Large Corporates: Based on the success of our previous projects, we are working with an increasing number of international companies on developing solutions for the provision of highly skilled graduates through the development of university hubs that involve high-quality international providers. We completed a project last year for a major private health provider in Central and Eastern Europe for the creation of a private nursing school, with the delivery from a UK university. We are currently working with a global consulting company on a model which will allow them to bring international (UK and US) universities into regions where they are developing large teams to partner with universities for the delivery of high-quality international university programmes in partnership with local universities. We are also developing a new Polytechnic University in Bucharest (Romania) for a number of large corporates and are supporting a major education investor in establishing a university campus in the Middle East.