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Impacts of transnational education on host countries: academic, cultural, economic and skills impacts and implications of programme and provider mobility


April 2014


John McNamara, with Dr Jane Knight 


This report seeks to consider transnational education (TNE) specifically from the host country perspective. The main objective of the research is to produce robust findings on the local impact of TNE in host countries, focusing on four main impacts categories – academic, cultural/social, economic and skills impacts.

The findings and implications of the report will be of value to higher education leaders and policy makers in TNE host countries, to help inform practice, and to provide a greater holistic understanding of TNE and the impact that it can have.

This report was developed in partnership by the British Council and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), with further support from the Australian government Department of Education. It launched at the British Council’s Going Global 2014 conference.

The study has canvassed the views of eight different TNE stakeholder groups in the following 10 countries:

Botswana, Mauritius, Egypt, Mexico, Hong Kong (SAR), Turkey, Jordan, UAE, Malaysia, Vietnam

Dr Jane Knight and John McNamara discuss findings of this research in the article 'The Impact of Transnational Education in Receiving Countries' published on the International Higher Education – Center for International Higher Education, number 82: fall 2015.