Date and times

Monday 13 May, 09.00 - 12.00
Venue bcc Berlin Congress Center
Early Bird price (until 22 March 2019) £100
Standard price (23 March - 3 May 2019) £130
Book your place Email or book at registration desk on Monday 13 May from 08.00

Two and a half billion people across the world have access to a smartphone, the addressable market to deliver education. The current landscape of models of delivery of international education are varied, from blended learning to branch campuses, but have we really embraced the enabling technologies that already exist? In our rapidly changing 4th Industrial Revolution, how fast can we move towards this?

The international education landscape is changing rapidly in terms of mobility of students, staff, institutions, programmes/courses, researchers and transnational and other forms of cross border education are on the rise. In the context of this, is the need to adapt and embrace the 4th Industrial Revolution.

“New technologies and approaches are merging the physical, digital and biological worlds in ways that will fundamentally transform humankind. The extent to which transformation is positive will depend on how we navigate the risks and opportunities that arise along the way” - ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution’, Klaus Schwab, Founder of the World Economic Forum

Industry 4.0 will therefore bring a real shift in technical capability that will change the world around us, just as previous revolutions created step changes in our ancestors’ lives. Education institutions are preparing our learners for a new workplace with new jobs and employment opportunities, but what about the transformation of education institutions themselves, embracing Industry 4.0 technologies to deliver ‘Education 4.0’. Will this be the end of the lecture theatre? Or even the university or college, becoming unbundled learning hotels and concierges? How do we develop immersive and interactive, and most importantly responsive learning for students? How will students take control of their own learning, personalised and adaptive, underpinned by transformed teaching? How can we use technology to support micro-credentials and life-long learning, automating the more routine aspects of teaching and administration? How do we equip the mobile student with digital skills and capabilities for the global environment?

The masterclass will discuss and highlight how we can realise the untapped potential of technologies across the international education ecosystem, and how we can take this forward even further to address the challenges of TNE 4.0 over the next 15 years. How can we be at the forefront of international education and TNE and plan for the future utilising technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual, mixed and augmented reality? Technologies are already being used to enhance courses such as anatomy and archaeology, so can we adapt and scale this to be utilised more efficiently and effectively across borders? What will future models of TNE look like, and how will such boundaries blur with international education? What will the impacts of climate change be on education - are we taking for granted the ability to regularly fly across the globe to deliver courses? And how will we meet the needs of those in the most remote environments?

As education is becoming increasingly international it is crucial to be positioned to engage collaboratively with others. We will discuss how institutions should develop strategies for a future digital world. We will explore what we need to do to develop future TNE offers collegiately and collaboratively, and through international partnerships. We will discuss who we should be engaging with, both as global National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) such as Jisc, who provide the tools and act as the enabler for governments, educators and students to tackle technical challenges and join up the global infrastructure and working with edtech commercials and experts in the field such as Microsoft and Oculus.

We will provide examples and ideas on how the range of new technologies can be used in different parts of education provision across borders as well in the home campus. This includes teaching, experiential learning, quality assurance and programme administration.

Advantages and disadvantages such as cost, security, accessibility, enhancing student experience, and global reach and social inclusion will be addressed to identify realistic opportunities.


  • Institutional level leaders, decision makers and strategists in teaching and learning, international and technology facing roles, and those planning for the future of the institution;
  • Academics and those involved in course design and pedagogy and specifically delivering education overseas;
  • Senior administrators with responsibility for international and transnational education, developing international links and the digital environment; and
  • National agency personnel and system wide organisations such as ministries with a mandate for international education exports, higher and further education and information technology.


  • A greater understanding of both Industry and Education 4.0 in terms of the revolution in technology and what this may mean both for their institution and delivery of international education;
  • A greater understanding of the key challenges and opportunities in developing technology as an enabler to deliver TNE, both now and in the future based on the experience of experts in the field;
  • Share learning and insights from approaches and solutions developed and being delivered from across different nations to apply this learning to their own institutional context and strategies;
  • An identified group of stakeholders in the edtech field, including National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), and contacts from the workshop with which to share and develop future strategies and with which to take forward further discussion;
  • A record of discussions (learning points and key actions) that can be applied to your own context and needs, with an enthusiasm to develop a readiness for Education 4.0 in an international context and futureproof your institution; and
  • An understanding of the work of Jisc, specifically in the international field and of how Jisc works with other organisations such as the British Council and wider global networks.

Hosted by Jisc

The training will be delivered by senior members of Jisc’s team as well as a senior lecturer from Nottingham Trent University. Facilitators have extensive experience of working internationally as well as within the UK. They will bring experience of working in and with both higher and further education and skills institutions in the UK and overseas. The session will be delivered by the following staff:

  • Dr Esther Wilkinson, Head of International, Jisc
  • Emma Athawes, TNE Business Development Manager, Jisc
  • Martin Hamilton, Futurist, Jisc
  • Dr Vangelis Tsiligiris, Principal Lecturer, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University

Jisc provides digital solutions for UK education and research. Our vision is to be the most globally advanced tertiary education and research nation in the world. We champion the importance and potential of digital technologies for UK education and research, and do three main things:

  • We operate shared digital infrastructure and services
  • We negotiate sector-wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers
  • We provide trusted advice and practical assistance for universities, colleges and learning providers