City’s strategic priorities of ‘better’ and ‘bigger’ are highly dependent on its third strategic priority to leverage partnerships internationally, within London and through the University of London.
City will nurture its existing partnerships and seek new ones, including across the private sector and the business community where we already have a significant profile through Capital Enterprise and the Local Enterprise Partnership.
City’s students and staff make it one of the most international universities in the world and over the next ten years through our Internationalisation Strategy’s thematic strands we have the following goals:
- To provide an educational experience that equips students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to be employable globally and to have a positive impact on the world;
- To ensure that City continues to attract a diverse and high quality student body and that its programmes are accessible to a wide range of international students;
- To enhance the quality and global impact of research and enterprise activities such that they contribute to society and City’s global standing;
- To support the development of a global community that benefits from and contributes to City’s international standing.
These goals will be supported by the enabling strands of Partnerships, Physical Presence, People and Profile, which are set out in the Internationalisation Strategy.
The Internationalisation Strategy also sets out 12 strategic objectives that include extending the range of opportunities through which students can develop global competencies through international study and work experience in international settings. It also commits City to develop international linkages to support the development of world class research.
While the Internationalisation Strategy sets out the long term approach, the key areas of focus for the first year will be developing a more comprehensive understanding of the level and range of City’s current international activities, with a view to having in place the processes, infrastructure and capacity to support the approach.
We also aim to deliver a select number of new activities as a means of raising the profile of the new strategic approach externally and internationalisation within City.
Partnership is also and importantly about seizing the opportunity of our enhanced quality, stronger ambition and brand-strengthening through membership of the University of London.
This will enhance student recruitment (quality and quantity), encourage greater involvement in Doctoral Training Centres and offer the potential for future engagement with the University of London’s International Programme.
Partnership more generally within City is about continuing with the ‘One City’ trajectory in terms of the way we do things and our underpinning processes and procedures, which means adopting a common approach where it makes sense to do so.
But ‘One City’ is not only about working together for reasons of efficiency and effectiveness, although these are both important in a competitive environment.
It is also strongly linked to the increased sense of community that we want to create and live day-to-day through our five values. ‘One City’ underpins the achievement of academic excellence by facilitating joint undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and joint research and PhDs.