The United Kingdom (U.K.) and the United States (U.S.) share a common history, deep cultural connections, and a generally positive relationship that serve as a basis for strong academic ties. Political developments in both countries in the last year have also brought about a parallel set of challenges for colleges and universities, particularly when it comes to internationalization.
With the generous support of Sannam S4, this study endeavors to provide an analysis of bilateral higher education collaboration, challenges, and opportunities for deeper engagement going forward.
The report begins with an overview of the current landscape of U.K.-U.S. connections, including an inventory of institutional partnerships and activities, and a summary of evident trends. Next, a variety of entities and organizations aside from higher education institutions that promote collaboration in the U.K.-U.S. context are described. The discussion then turns to the factors that facilitate engagement, as well as key challenges that often arise in the course of collaborative ventures. The report concludes with a set of recommendations —aimed at
colleges and universities, policy-makers, and other stakeholders—for ways to enhance bilateral ties between individual institutions and the broader higher education communities of which they are a part.