: The quest for quality in higher education has changed the nature of international cooperation among universities, said Paul Sellers, Director, British Council.

Inaugurating the Centre for International Co-operation (CIC) at the Central University of Kerala (CUK) here, Mr. Sellers said the establishment by the CUK of an institutional structure to facilitate international cooperation reflected the quest for quality.

A press release issued by the CUK quoting Mr . Sellers said internationalisation of higher education had made universities function across spatio-temporal boundaries. Globalisation and technological strides in information had helped students have a stint in other universities, he said addingt it had increased their employability.

Mr. Sellers noted that the internationalisation of education had enabled the academic community to have a better understanding of different cultures and civilisations and broadened their outlook.

He said the British Council would initiate steps to facilitate the CUK to forge institutional ties with institutions in the U.K. so that students would be able to spend a semester in The U.K. The council would conduct IELTS orientation classes at the CUK. The council would explore the possibility of holding educational exhibitions at the CUK, he said.