As such, the UK policy stance towards trade in higher
education services is a live issue. This report asks what treatment
of UK higher education will be most appropriate and beneficial to
the sector in the UK’s forthcoming discussions on free trade
agreements (FTAs) with partners around the world and provides
guidance to inform the development of new agreements.
This note summarises the findings from two
pieces of work commissioned from the UK
Trade Policy Observatory (UKTPO), and a policy
dialogue event. It provides a short introduction
to free trade agreements and higher education,
before drawing on the results of engagement
with 36 universities and learnings from FTAs
across the world to present initial views of the
higher education sector and to suggest guiding
principles for future negotiations. It makes a
number of recommendations that aim to
enhance the potential impact and
effectiveness of UK higher education
engagement with FTA negotiations.
This paper is based on research commissioned from the UK Trade Policy Observatory (UKTPO) at the University of Sussex, with additional material provided by Sean O’Connor Consulting and UUKi.
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