The University has launched an exciting new initiative called Academics Abroad which is a project designed to raise the profile of the University in key geographies by taking high profile, engaging academics from a variety of disciplines to host large-scale multidisciplinary Discover Dundee events. These are aimed at being memorable, high quality, impactful events that will build brand awareness and reputation in these geographies ultimately leading to increased student numbers through both open recruitment and partnerships.
The three geographies in this pilot project are India, China and ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) which are all priority regions of recruitment and development for the University. This particular two week trip, led by Professor Kim Dale, was the first Academics Abroad trip to ASEAN and it included visits to four countries in the region: Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. Six of the nine University of Dundee schools including Life Sciences (by Prof Kim Dale and Dr Graham Christie) were represented.
The key objectives for the trip were to engage with local British Embassies and governmental departments with education and commercial remits and also with agents, secondary school counsellors, and placement officers to inform them of latest programs and impressive rankings at the University of Dundee.
We also met with current and prospective partners to discuss articulation agreements, potential research collaborations, student and staff exchange opportunities etc. and with prospective students and current offer-holders and their parents to encourage applications and to conduct interviews for admission and scholarship awards. Lastly, we held alumni events to engage and develop further links with local alumni.
Read about the whole trip on the One Dundee blog or watch two highlights videos here: