TNE impact case study: University of the Creative Arts in Pakistan

University for the Creative Arts (UCA), The Millennium Universal College (TMUC)
Collaboration type:
SDG Goals:
(4) Quality Education, (8) Decent Work and Economic Growth, (9) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, (10) Reduced Inequality , (17) Partnerships for the Goals
Pakistan, United Kingdom
Cheryl Yu - Director of International Development

Background and overview of the case study

UCA (University for the Creative Arts) - TMUC (The Millennium Universal College) Partnership

The vision of UCA is ‘to be recognised as a global authority on creative arts, creative technologies and business for the creative industries’. Working with global partners is the prerequisite to educate the global citizen of the 21century. Pakistan’s population is estimated to reach 403 million by 2050 (UN median range projection). Pakistan has more young people under the age of 30 than it ever did. With only 214 Higher Educational Institutions, the dearth of access to high quality higher education is a real challenge. Together with TMUC, we believe that the collaboration will offer a solution for the economy and the educational void for access to quality education in the country. Successful collaboration would accrue ecological, international, social and economic benefits, giving students cross cultural experiences, technology transfer, taste of international curriculum, open them to global possibilities. 

We began our journey in 2017 looking into a top-up for HND Fashion and Textiles students that needed an organic transition into the level 6 top up after completing the level 5 HND. The programme portfolio has grown since 2017 and now offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, including Fashion and Textiles, Film and Digital Art, IMBA, Media and Communication. The UCA programmes are offered in the 5 urban cities in Pakistan, Islamabad, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Lahore, and Karachi. We are now a campus community of >425 currently enrolled students, with 168 proud UCA Graduates, of which 99 achieved First Class Honors. The future plan is to further expand our collaboration, offering access to additional high-quality UCA degree programmes, systematic staff development, as well as sustainable CPD for the local creative practitioners in the country. 

Impact and value

Successful collaborations and partnerships extend the reach, impact, and urgency of green internationalization activities. Such relationships can provide ecological, international, and cross-cultural experiences for students and faculty, enhance the curriculum, generate revenue, and raise the visibility and sustainability literacy of institutions at home and around the world. This is what UCA and TMUC’s partnership largely entails. The value and impact include, technology transfer, prestige and global recognition, revenue diversification, internationalisation of the curriculum and cross-cultural understanding and skills. 

As for the social impact UCA and TMUC’s partnership also provides an opportunity for working professionals to upgrade their qualifications while working full time as they have limited scopes through local education systems collaboration increases access to both life and career enhancing qualifications and training without the need and additional expense of overseas travel. This local access to high quality provision provides a greater number of aspirant students the ability to change their lives, and those of their families and communities, without the burdens and limitations associated with overseas study.    

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