The British education sector as a vehicle for UK soft power
Recently, the education sector has had an increasing presence in trade negotiations, something we can easily see through the large number of joint actions linking the British Council, the Department for International Trade (DIT), the Department for Education (DfE), and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) amongst others. This whole-of-government approach allows Britain to maintain and deepen its position in the world through the development of new FTAs. Through this dissertation, it will be argued that educational initiatives are a key factor in securing future trade agreements. However, the influence of British education is not limited to the negotiation of these agreements, but aims even further. By developing interpersonal relationships and intergovernmental as well as cross-system partnerships, the UK is working to build positive and lasting relationships that allow it to consolidate its position as a partner of choice.