The University of Gloucestershire originally engaged the services of Noble Solutions in April 2015. The scope of the project was for Noble Solutions to identify universities in Vietnam that had the capacity to enter into long-term franchise orientated partnerships, leading to the deliverance of University of Gloucestershire awards in-country.
Throughout the project, Michael and his colleagues were responsible for liaising with the local universities to deliver a business case, gather the necessary due diligence documentation and to organise the logistics of University of Gloucestershire delegation visits to the prospective partners.
Following two successful projects in Vietnam, the University expanded our work with Noble Solutions to develop similar projects in Myanmar and Indonesia. Our relationship with Noble Solutions has afforded us the opportunity to efficiently analyse the realistic potential of TNE projects without having to dedicate major resources at an early stage of due diligence process.
Noble Solutions approached the University of East London (UEL) in September 2016 with a proposal to develop a transnational education partnership with a private college in Myanmar, which we subsequently engaged with.
Over a 13 month period, Michael Noble and his team worked alongside UEL colleagues from the Academic and Employer Parnership Office, the Quality Assurance and Enhancement office and our schools of Business and Law and Architecture, Computoing and Engineering to progress the partnership to the stage of validation which took place in Yangon on the 12th of October, 2017.
Working with Noble Solutions in Myanmar has complimented UEL’s internal processes for developing transnational education partnerships. Colleagues at Noble Solutions have always communicated quickly and efficiently in their dealings with UEL colleagues.
In March 2017 I met with Michael Noble of Noble Solutions to discuss the possibility of them identifying possible partners for us in the SE Asian region. On July 5th 2017 we had an approved partnership for franchise delivery in Myanmar. The key to the speed of this was the selection of an appropriate partner. The partner Noble Solutions proposed fitted well with our own mission and values and so working together and aligning processes was relatively painless. The successful choice of partner is testament to the attention paid to our needs and aspirations in the earliest conversations.