At UUKi’s 2019 conference on transnational education one of the speakers told a story about the first ever visiting student to the UK who was - rather wonderfully for someone running an Anglo-Dutch partnership - from The Netherlands.
So university partnerships are not new. But they are, perhaps, more important than ever. With political uncertainty on the rise across the globe these partnerships can give universities an extra bit of stability, and an extra reach. More than that, when they work well they also make us much more than the sum of our parts.