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Higher Education: Foreign Investment in UK

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Hywel Francis Hywel Francis Chair, Human Rights (Joint Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with higher education institutions on promoting inward investment; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills recognises the major contribution of the higher education sector to attracting high-quality inward investment to the UK. Ministers and officials regularly engage with higher education organisations on the topic of international activities and opportunities. On 1 February I addressed a Universities UK and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) supported conference on higher education opportunities in Europe.

UKTI's R and D Partnerships programme is available free of charge to help organisations find the right UK academic or commercial partner for research and development collaborations.

UKTI also has a University Liaison Officer who interacts with universities at a senior level to promote international engagement. This includes the potential for collaboration with internationally focused companies for inward investment or export purposes.

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