In 2019, the British Council in Vietnam is allocating partnership funding support ranging from £15,000 to £20,000 per partnership project to support collaborative partnerships between the UK and Vietnam through the UK–Vietnam Higher Education Partnership (UK–VN HEP) initiative.         

The UK–VN HEP is designed to address the needs of the higher education sectors in the UK and Vietnam, particularly the internationalisation of higher education and support Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training to implement its higher education reform agenda. 

The British Council is pleased to invite expressions of interest (EOI) from UK and Vietnam higher education institutions (HEIs) to deliver innovative output-led projects that focus on enhancing approaches to internationalisation of higher education. The partnership project will run until March 2020 and cover one or more of these key areas:

  • leadership and governance
  • TNE development and quality assurance
  • university-industry link. 

In 2018, some ten partnership projects were funded by the British Council and the UK–Vietnam Higher Education Network was established with participation from 30 Vietnamese and 14 UK HEIs and some Vietnam-based employers.  

Current members of the UK–Vietnam Higher Education Network will also be eligible to bid for additional funding support provided the

  • additional funding  leads to enhanced project impact
  • project has increased its number of participating UK or Vietnam HEIs
  • project partners meet fund requirements of the call.

Full details about the UK–VN HEP guidelines can be found here.




Briefing webinar/skype

7 and 8 March 2019

EOI response submission deadline

11 March 2019

Consortium of interested HEIs and relevant parties formed

15 March 2019

Call for proposal released

15 March 2019

Partnership proposal submission deadline

15 April 2019

Registration for webinar/online briefing

The British Council will hold a briefing webinar/skype at 16.00 (Vietnam time or 09.00 GMT), Thursday 7 March 2019 and Friday 8 March 2019 for HEIs interested in the UK–VN HEP initiative. Please register your attendance by filling in the registration form by 17.00, 6 March 2019. 

To attend the briefing, you will need to have a computer with internet access. Detailed joining instructions for the briefing will be provided in due course.

Submission of expression of interest

Please complete the online EOI form no later than 17.00 GMT on 11 March 2019.


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