Our Higher Education Adviser Liz Dempsey highlights the benefits that transnational education brings to both sides of any collaboration.

8 February 2018

The report  'The Scale of UK Higher Education Transnational Education 2015-16 ', released by UUKi in January 2018, examines regional trends according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency’s Aggregate Offshore Record (HESA AOR). Our Higher Education Adviser Liz Dempsey commented:

'Transnational education brings benefits to both sides of the partnership, this is a win-win equation where there are advantages to be gained by both sides of the collaboration. With this report we can clearly see the strength of the UK TNE offer.  As UK Higher Education builds a truly global TNE portfolio, we are also mindful of the value these partnerships generate for the international partner institution, their higher education systems and industry and wider society where they are located. 

Arguably, TNE is one of those rare types of international collaboration where a great many parts of the UK university are impacted in the development of the programme; many different component parts are exposed to internationalisation. Equally the international partner is exposed to new ways of working, new practices and protocols, academic mobility, new curriculum and teaching practices. Significant direct and indirect benefits for our international partners are accrued at institution level, and potentially shared at system level.

These benefits should not be underestimated as we build our TNE profile. They should also shape our decision making as we move forward.  

Around the world, higher education systems and the universities that populate them are all seeking to become stronger, more efficient deliverers of an effective higher education experience that benefits their students, industry, and the wider community. 

This work is even more essential when the partner is located in a Low Income Country, where we can share our experiences in programme development and delivery that may ultimately lead to capacity development, more robust standards and improved graduate outcomes. 

We are well placed to build on this long-term experience in the UK. We now need to ensure all of this positive learning and wider benefit is further developed to help the next generation of international TNE students.'