International Commissioner appointment for Andrea Nolan

The International Higher Education Commission has announced eight new Commissioners on Friday 24 February which include Andrea Nolan, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University.

Andrea is the Convener of our International Committee where she is committed to undertaking activities and promotional campaigns to position and promote Scottish higher education internationally.

Among the new Commissioners also is Professor Wendy Alexander, Vice Principal of International at the University of Dundee and Professor of International Education. In addition, the Commission has announced two student Commissioners including Siqi Jia, a graduate of the University of Glasgow.

The Commission was launched by former Universities Minister Rt Hon Chris Skidmore MP in 2022. The purpose of the International Commission on Higher Education is to develop recommendations for a new ‘International Education Strategy 2.0’ in partnership with the higher education community.

The Commissioners will steer the work of this Commission with their knowledge and expertise to devise an inclusive international strategy.

Universities Scotland have been engaging with the Scottish Government on its International Education Strategy, which the work of the Commission can complement.

Commenting on her new role, Andrea has said:

“I am pleased to take on the role of Commissioner, as part of a team supporting the International Commission on Higher Education. Within this role, I will work with the Commission on developing recommendations for an international education strategy that will meet the needs of students, of institutions and deliver major benefit to Scotland and the rest of the UK.

“I look forward to working with my fellow Commissioners, particularly Wendy Alexander and Siqi Jai, to fly the flag for Scottish higher education. I’m delighted there is good representation from Scotland amongst the Commissioner roles. We’ll work together to ensure Scotland’s needs will be addressed as part of the forthcoming strategy.

“It is important that we have an international education strategy that is inclusive and ambitious. This Commission aims to expand our student network, to develop the reach of our recruitment and to better support international students to thrive on our campuses so they get the full benefit of the institution they are studying with and become future ambassadors for UK higher education.”