Experienced, International Education Consulting



Adam Baxter,  Former RGU Regional Manager (UK, Germany, Norway, USA & Canada)

 “Richard’s outlook is truly international. His collaboration work between The Robert Gordon University and North American community colleges in particular demonstrates his vision of making international education accessible to all, and he works tirelessly to promote this to both internal and external stakeholders.” 

Katie Orr MA, Director, NSCC International, Nova Scotia Community College

 “Thank you for your dedication and commitment to our partnership; your creativity and hard work helped to make this first step in our partnership a reality, and I really appreciate it.  Despite some of the challenges in encouraging student mobility across the Atlantic, your enthusiasm and positive attitude has kept us moving forward to the benefit of both of our institutions and students.   I look forward to the results of this summer school and more importantly, the next steps of our partnership.” 

Michael Bryant, PhD, Emeritus Professor, ESC Clermont, Graduate School of Management, France.

 “I have always appreciated Richard as a highly professional colleague. We have collaborated in numerous partnership projects between Aberdeen Business School and Groupe ESC Clermont, including the setting up of an innovative double degree programme at Bachelor level.” 

Diane Simpson, Former Dean, International, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

"The success of this partnership is driven by the leadership and dedication of Richard Barnes. His dedication to ensuring student success is at the core of all of our partnership initiatives.  His knowledge in the field of international education and the value it brings to post-secondary education has driven his vision of expanding opportunities for students to graduate as global citizens through international experiences.  Richard has assisted Humber to expand our partnerships through introductions to likeminded institutions with program alignment.  Working with Richard to deepen our partnership continues to bring additional benefits to both institutions. Working with Richard continues to be a pleasure.” 

Dr. Geoff Bradshaw, Ph.D., Director of International Education Madison Area Technical College

 “Richard Barnes has been a leader in proactively developing partnerships with U.S. community colleges, including Madison Area Technical College. Madison College has cultivated these partnerships by establishing advanced entry agreements between our School of Business and RGU to create new and lasting opportunities for our students.  He has also been active in supporting community college international efforts on a national and international scale as a regular participant in professional organizations such as Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) and NAFSA Association of International Educators. ” 

Cynthia Zoubir, International Development, Kedge Business School, Marseille, France.

"His innovative approaches to curriculum design, with a special attention to quality control and experiential learning, are key to the success of our partnership.  It is thanks to Richard’s curiosity of other cultures, coupled with sheer professionalism, that so many young people have benefitted from his contagious enthusiasm for discovering the unknown and living abroad.” 


Penelope Shaw, Co-ordinator, Study Abroad, Humboldt State University, California, USA.

 The agreement approval process, facilitated by Mr Barnes, was quick and collegial. HSU and RGU will be exchanging students in the fall semester of 2015 and we look forward to a long and vibrant partnership.”