Is outsourcing services a form of collaboration?

This is from The Guardian newspaper in the UK. “London Metropolitan University to outsource most services to private firm. Contract valued at £74m includes handing over IT, library facilities, student counselling and careers advice”

Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of Universities UK, said at the time: “Universities have wanted to develop more cost-effective operating models, and more creative collaborations with external partners. But to date, the VAT rules have acted to block this. We hope today’s announcement will address this issue.”

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