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‘We can lead the world on technical education’

New FE sector alliance aims for UK to be the global leader in the next decade

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With some honourable exceptions, efforts to export the UK’s brand of technical and vocational education overseas in recent times have met with limited success.

The Colleges of Excellence programme to establish a wave of new technical education colleges in Saudi Arabia was hailed by the government back in 2014 as a “£1 billion exports win for UK education”. But punitive contracts, recruitment challenges and problems on the ground led to several colleges dropping out of the programme.

In 2013, the Association of Colleges launched AoC India to help its members tap into the potentially lucrative ...

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