The shape of global TNE

Thursday 15 September 2016

On the 13 September the British Council and University of Liverpool ran a 2-hour session to consider “The shape of global TNE”, exploring some of the macro-economic and demographic conditions which can indicate an increasing demand for international higher education, as well as the policy and regulatory circumstances to create an environment favourable for developing international teaching collaborations.

The session was an opportunity to highlight some of the findings of the “Shape of global higher education” study, and also for a delegation from the Commission for Higher Education Development in the Philippines to introduce their TNE-Links programme to international HE providers. 

Following introductory presentations, the 50+ delegates then broke into six round table conversations to discuss areas including: Exploring research gaps in TNE, the need for and potential use of further research in this area; the formats and models for TNE for the future; the mid-to-long term strategic priorities for international higher education engagement; opportunities and challenges associated with regional vs country-to-country engagement; and the TNE links programme with The Philippines.

The summary points from these discussions included the following:

  • Research: challenges can be around the commercial sensitivity of institution data, but there would be a value in gaining more operational intelligence, and understanding more about the impact on host countries and on students;
  • TNE models: the importance of technology, opportunities and challenges to deliver TNE/HE ‘in the home’, and consideration of the implications for institutions;
  • Priorities: these very much depend on the individual institutions, (and home country of those institutions), and range from a focus on pathway provision; joint delivery of programmes; overseas presence; and quality of joint curricula;
  • Regional vs bilateral engagement: TNE develops organically in many cases, and what begins as a country-specific approach can become a regional approach.

The presentations from the day can be accessed here: