The HEAD Foundation (THF) and the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 7 March 2016 to collaborate on academic initiatives.
IOE is one of the foremost education institutions in the world, having ranked first in the world for education in the 2015 QS World University Rankings, ahead of other renowned schools like Harvard University, Stanford University and the University of Cambridge.
The Foundation and IOE will collaborate on research, programmes, events, and academic exchange, with a focus on the Southeast Asian region. Areas of mutual interest include educational leadership, teaching and learning, equity and access, and higher education.
In addition to the mutual exchange of library materials and research publications, both parties will also explore the joint organisation of policy forums, seminars and lectures to enhance information sharing and capacity building in Asia.
IOE is an ideal partner for THF in the building of a greater research capacity in the region, thanks to IOE’s vast resources and expertise based on their years of work in Southeast Asia.
The Foundation will serve as a partner in the region to provide IOE and other global institutions with the regional intelligence and research needed in future projects.
Professor Andrew Brown, Director of the IOE, said: “We hope to work collaboratively and creatively together to take on difficult problems using our expertise from the IOE and expertise from The HEAD Foundation. We are committed to making a difference… and changing how people do things.”
The Foundation’s Managing Director David Clegg said: “The relationship created with IOE marks the beginning of what we hope would be a deep collaboration in building capacity and empowerment in education for nations throughout South East Asia. There is no better partner for the Foundation than what is currently recognised as the top university in the world in our field of study.”