Welcome to the International Education Faculty

Specialist advice and support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

With world-class institutions and organisations across the education sector, the UK is also a global leader in helping other countries to develop excellence in their own education systems.

More than 6,000 British-style schools operate around the world and, to date, UK universities have established over 50 branch campuses overseas. UK schools, higher education institutions, technical, vocational and English language training providers are experienced in adapting their training models for successful delivery overseas.

DBT International Education was established to work with overseas governments, states and businesses that want to engage UK partners in large-scale education projects. It ensures that potential overseas partners can easily access UK expertise for their education priorities.

The DBT International Education team also works closely with all education providers, policy makers, key stakeholders and government departments across the UK to enable education institutions to support inward investment to the UK.

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Education sectors we support

DBT International Education is strategically placed within government to bring together UK organisations to help deliver effective, comprehensive education solutions in areas including:

  • independent Schools
  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and skills
  • educational technology and resources
  • English language training
  • higher and transnational education
  • qualifications, assessment and quality assurance
  • teaching and leadership
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • professional and chartered bodies and institutes

The UK’s approach is to adapt its education offer to meet each partner’s needs. We cater for all requirements, from vocational and technical training, continuing professional development and leadership training to higher education, English language training and schools.  

Image of Sir Steve Smith

Image of Sir Steve Smith

The UK Prime Minister has appointed Sir Steve Smith as the UK’s International Education Champion. Sir Steve's remit is to encourage global education partnerships, at both government-to-government and business-to-business levels, through impactful engagements that facilitate the sharing of UK expertise and experience with international stakeholders, be they ministries, educators or end-users. 

How DBT International Education can help

DBT International Education is committed to delivering an International Education offer that reflects the whole of the UK.  

With teams in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as regional teams across England, DBT Education works to increase exports and investment and supporting economic growth as part of the Union and Levelling Up agenda. We also work closely with the Devolved Administrations through the Education Sector Advisory group to inform and coordinate a UK-wide approach to promoting the UK’s education offer overseas.

A core part of the expert resource within the International Education network are trade advisers located both globally and within the UK.

Through DBT International Education and the Export Academy, UK education organisations of all sizes and across all industry sectors can develop their capability and capacity to deliver in an international setting. Whether it is understanding education in other markets, how to market your skills offer across a region, being able to access global digital education markets or supporting education development projects that reach further than ever before, the Education Team can support your export ambition. 

Find out more on our DBT International Educationopens www.events.great.gov.uk in a new tab resource page.

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