Session highlights

"The feedback that I am getting from students is that while many of them don't like this loss of the on-campus experience, what they do like is the flexibility -- watching lectures when they want to watch them, rather than being told when they have to come to the campus. There will be no going back I think on some of this, and I think that will translate into how students will see and want to build their degrees, with different experiences in different places, and in different modes. That's the challenge that we will have to get our heads around." Professor Dr Perry Hobson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement, Sunway University, Malaysia 

  • Asked how their institution had changed their approach to TNE in response to the pandemic, speakers offered a range of accounts: Hillary Vance, Assistant Vice President - Southeast & South Asian Affairs, University of Arizona, said it had prompted for the first time a shift into fully online programmes, a move which was likely to continue into 2022 and beyond; Professor Dr Perry Hobson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement, Sunway University, Malaysia, said that with the number of Malaysian students seeking to study overseas dropping by over 50 per cent, his institution had to re-think and re-work its pathways to studying at its TNE partner, Lancaster University;  Brett Berquist, Director International, University of Auckland, New Zealand, said his institution had leveraged TNE relationships in China to offer students the option of studying online from a Chinese campus: the result has been recruitment holding up to just 1 per cent below normal levels.
  • In response to a question about what has changed in relation to TNE in the wake of the pandemic that will not go back, Brett Berquist, Director International, University of Auckland, New Zealand, said it was the ability to increase access: He said: “We’re finding there is a lot of appetite for the virtual online experience from our regular students … and we think when we return to putting students on planes … we intend to maintain these things, particularly to increase access.”
  • Professor Dr Perry Hobson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement, Sunway University, Malaysia, said as students begin to have more choice for studying degrees online, universities were having to consider reducing their fees, especially if no face-to-face teaching was on offer. He said: “That I think will be an interesting space, because it’s going to raise the question: do you price like Apple, and have one global price, or are you going to be tied to your local distributor?” 

Session summary

New flexible models of Transnational Education (TNE) and international partnerships are being developed in response to Covid-19.

We have seen education providers being able to leverage their TNE outposts or their international partnerships to allow international students to receive face-to-face tuition while unable to travel to their home campus. And we have seen providers proactively seeking to develop TNE operations or international partnerships with a view to exploring different ways in which they can provide flexible routes and pathways to an international education. 

This session will explore the opportunities posed by the global pandemic for re-thinking internationalisation and TNE, hearing directly from leading international experts, innovators, and practitioners representing a different range of perspectives and experiences, including different geographical approaches covering the UK, US, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, the UAE and beyond.

Speakers

  • Chair: Dt. Christopher Hill, Associate Professor, British University in Dubai, UAE
  • Brett Berquist, Director International, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Prof. Dr. Perry Hobson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement, Sunway University, Malaysia
  • Dr. Elisabeth Grindel-Denby, Ca, mpus Director, Lancaster University Leipzig/Navitas Germany GmbH, Germany
  • Dr. David Pilsbury, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International Development), Coventry University, UK
  • Dr. Fabrizio Trifiro, Head of Quality Benchmark Services, Ecctis / UK ENIC , UK
  • Hillary Vance, Assistant Vice President - Southeast & South Asian Affairs, University of Arizona, United States