We caught up with Professor Colin Grant, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation, before he set off on his first major visit to Hong Kong and Australia in his new role.
Colin said: “It is exciting to be involved in such a high profile trip. In Hong Kong I’ve been invited to deliver the keynote speech ‘Building sustainable research networks’ at a British Council Global Education Dialogue event with leading universities from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia and the UK.
“It’s also a valuable opportunity to engage with international education policy makers, both to project the importance of the University and to gain insight into key developments in South East Asia.
“I am then speaking at a prize-giving ceremony for the British Council Scholarships for Excellence scheme. I’m delighted that one of the recipients is Guy Barkley, a University of Bath Mechanical Engineering student on exchange at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
“Afterwards I’ll be speaking at an alumni reception and I’m looking forward to meeting former students from the Hong Kong Alumni Chapter.
“I’ll then join a major Universities UK delegation to Australia that will join Australian counterparts at national level in ‘Beyond Competition – a Policy Dialogue on Cooperation’ between the UK and Australia in International Higher Education. I will also meet senior management at the University of Melbourne to explore potential for collaboration.
“This trip offers a comprehensive set of activities including research and teaching partnerships, engagement with our alumni community and with opinion formers.
“I’m finding my role both enriching and wide-ranging and I’m feeling positively energised before setting off.”