Higher Education Academy (HEA) extends its global network

Tuesday, 4 April, 2017

First North American subscribing institution partner with HEA, alongside new Gulf projects, caps half-year success story for the HEA in 2016-17.

The HEA is delighted to announce four significant and exciting international programmes of work with new and current clients, including three institutions confirming HEA Partnership (subscriber) status. The new contracts cap a highly successful first half of the 2016-17 financial year for the HEA.

These major additions to the HEA’s portfolio, all agreed over the past fortnight, are with the following institutions:

  • Utah Valley University, USA, the largest public university in the State of Utah, becomes the first HEA subscribing institution in North America
  • Applied Science University, Bahrain, is the second subscriber in the Kingdom, joining the University of Bahrain
  • Taif University, Saudi Arabia, is to embark on a major programme of curricula development
  • Beykent University, Turkey, where the HEA has already delivered work to support the continuous professional development (CPD) of teaching staff, becomes the first subscribing institution on in the country.

This new work adds to the HEA’s growing global footprint, also illustrated by the recently established HEA ‘Australasian Strategic Advisory Board’ (ASAB), representing subscribing institutions in Australia and New Zealand, which provide oversight of the HEA’s plans and activities in support of teaching in higher education in the region.

The new subscribing institutions are all working towards HEA accreditation of their CPD provision. HEA Accreditation is aligned to the Professional Standards Framework, and once accredited these institutions will be able to recognise and reward their own staff through the internationally recognised HEA Fellowship scheme. HEA staff will work alongside university staff in the respective institutions to build capacity to support their accreditation submissions.

At Taif University, the HEA will support a major programme of curricula reform involving more than 30 programmes. Concurrently, is supporting staff development in leading and delivering these programmes, as well as working with the University’s Teaching and Learning Centre through an HEA Certificate in Teaching and Learning and Higher Education.

Dr Mark Jones, HEA Chief Operating Officer, commented: “These new working partnerships reflect a very successful half-year for the HEA. 

“While the bulk of our work is in the UK, we have adopted a global outlook and are seeing more and more universities from across the world engaging with us as they look to develop their teaching strategies. The need for governments, ministries and universities to demonstrate value for students is universal, and recognising and rewarding teaching excellence is key on that agenda. The fact that th ese institutions have looked to the HEA for support reflects the high-regard in which our work with UK HE is held. “

Talking about the new contracts, Dr Jones continued, “We are really proud and excited to be working with our new partners and clients in the USA, Europe and the Middle East. They have all invested significantly in their teaching strategies, demonstrating their commitment to an ever-improving student academic experience through the CPD of their teaching staff. I’m confident that our work, bespoke to their individual needs, will help them achieve these goals.”

The HEA champions excellent higher education teaching worldwide, as an independent, not-for-profit, charitable and non-regulatory organisation working for, and on behalf of, the whole higher education sector. The HEA’s work, past and present, spans 46 countries at government and/or institutional level, focusing entirely on improving approaches to teaching, and individual teaching practice, to help improve the student journey into, through and beyond higher education.

The expanding community of  HEA Fellows – currently 87,000 across 80 countries and projected to reach 100,000 during the 2017-18 academic year – is the world’s largest single community for those engaged in higher education teaching and learning.