The Observatory is a higher education think tank with institutional members across 30 countries

Our unique remit is ‘borderless’ higher education worldwide - disruptive innovations such as online learning, internationalisation in all its forms and commercial competition and partnerships. We offer analysis on trends, business models and policy frameworks. Our purpose is to provide strategic intelligence for education leaders and policymakers attempting to navigate the opportunities and threats of borderless higher education.

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Originally a collaborative initiative between the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and Universities UK, The Observatory joined the International Graduate Insight Group (i-graduate) in August 2010. The Observatory’s membership is currently comprised of 160+ organisational members across more than 30 countries.


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