The reason why international activity is of interest to a governing body is that an institution’s international strategy and ambitions often involve significant financial and reputational benefits and risks.
For instance, the recruitment of international students or engagement in international partnerships may be a deliberate strategy chosen to reduce the institution’s dependence on Home and EU students and diversity its sources of income. If successful a strategy may result in considerable financial and other benefits. However, if a strategy is unsuccessful, this may put pressure on the institution's overall finances. Further, as institutions are responsible for the standards of their awards regardless of where they are delivered, collaborations with an international partner carry risks in relation to quality assurance and reputational damage.
Briefing note 7: International students and collaborations
Getting to grips guide
Getting to Grips with Internationalisation provides an introduction on the topic for governors.