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Thursday 20 November 2014 - 00:00

Transnational Education – our common future? Developments, trends and stakeholder perspectives

Panel session at the Canadian Bureau for International Education Conference


Transnational education (TNE) plays an important role in the future landscape of higher education globally, by extending access to wider sectors of population seeking the knowledge and skills to thrive in new knowledge economies. 

The TNE landscape is a complex one, with multiple stakeholders, each having different perceptions, expectations and motivations. These differing starting points and expectations have spawned a vibrant and diverse range of engagement models. Some have been more successful than others, but all have contributed to the rich fabric of international higher education and in most cases benefitted their stakeholders either directly or indirectly.  

This session will provide an analysis of the different models of TNE, including a working definition of transnational education. It will then analyse the way that risk and opportunity are balanced in the different models and the extent to which they blend global with local. It will explore the growth of TNE over the last decade and the implication of that growth and will provide a framework for assessing stakeholder engagement and impact, looking at the responses stakeholders may wish to consider in the face of emerging developments.

The session will include two contrasting case studies – the first will explore stakeholder engagement by the University of Nottingham at its Malaysia campus and the second will examine Algonquin College’s experience of setting up a campus in Saudi Arabia.

This session will draw on research including two British Council reports: The Shape of Things to Come: The Evolution of Transnational Education (2013) and Impacts of TNE on Host Countries: Academic, Cultural, Economic & Skills impacts and implications of programme and provider mobility (2014).

About Canadian Bureau for International Education Conference (CBIE) 2014

The Canadian Bureau for International Education is a national not-for-profit, membership organization promoting international relations through education. The annual conference attracts hundreds of international education professionals and stakeholders from around the world. The event aims to mobilise expertise, knowledge, opportunity and leadership.

This year's conference theme is the diplomacy of knowledge and our common future. His Excellency David Johnston, Canada’s Governor General, CBIE’s Patron, and keynote speaker, links education across borders with the broader relationships between countries and regions. Participants will explore the meaning of the diplomacy of knowledge and its potential to impact our common future.

Aims and objectives

The outcomes of this session will be a greater understanding of TNE and its impacts. Delegates will take away frameworks and models which they can use ion their own contexts to explore potential TNE opportunities and assess the risks and impacts.


Kevin Van-Cauter - Higher Education Adviser, The British Council, Manchester

Tim Gore OBE  - Director Global Networks and Communities, The University of London International Programmes

Dr Christopher Hill - Director of Research Training and Academic Development, The University of Nottingham, Malaysia campus

Doug Wotherspoon - Vice-President, International and Strategic Priorities, Algonquin College

Who should attend

International education professionals with an interest in engaging with Canadian partners and interested in topics such as international student advisory services, education abroad, emerging leadership, recruitment, marketing and admissions, the diplomacy of knowledge, and women in education leadership.

Further information

For further information about this event please contact Marie Laplante: 

Tel +1 (613) 237-4820


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