The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education
The Observatory is a higher education think tank with institutional members across 30 countries. Our unique remit is ‘borderless’ higher education worldwide- disruptive innovations such as online learning, internationalization in all its forms and commercial competition and partnerships. We offer analysis on trends, business models and policy frameworks. Our purpose is to provide strategic intelligence for education leaders and policymakers attempting to navigate the opportunities and threats of borderless higher education.
Originally a collaborative initiative between the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and Universities UK, The Observatory joined the International Graduate Insight Group (i-graduate) in August 2010. The Observatory’s membership is currently comprised of 160+ organisational members across more than 30 countries.
By engaging with The Observatory you will read transnational higher education perspectives from university leaders, corporate executives, government ministers, faculty, students, and other stakeholders in a global information economy where higher education is becoming a valued service and tradable commodity amongst nations.
Research: Our research agenda focuses on topics that have current and future relevance to transnational higher education, and our reports provide in-depth analysis of the latest developments, trends and challenges in borderless higher education. By synthesising the latest international developments, the research reports assess their wider implications for higher education leaders and policy makers.
The Observatory publishes original in-house research reports on themes that challenge the 'traditional' boundaries of higher education, and particularly those expected to impact the core business of universities and colleges.
The Observatory also commissions internationally renowned authors to prepare substantive reports on key issues in borderless higher education with specific national, regional and/or international perspectives. The issues are both timely and provocative, challenging institutional leaders in their thinking and understanding of topics critical to strategic planning. Authors draw on their experience and expertise to provide insight into a wide diversity of international experience.