Going Global 2018 session
Monday 01 June 2020 - 09:00 to Wednesday 30 September 2020 - 23:00

This event took place on 17 June at 2pm, UK time.

As demand for higher education outstrips supply globally, will the current situation accelerate the growth of transnational education? The fast transformation of delivery models means that higher education could be delivered through a wide variety of programmes and platforms, including distance learning programmes, teaching partnerships, off-shore campuses and, increasingly, MOOCs.

What will be the new geographical spread of TNE and its impact?  How will the current crisis influence the demand for distance learning? Join us in this session to discover changes in distance learning education policies, accreditation and recognition of online university programmes/degrees, and the future of TNE.

This webinar was delivered by the British Council's Wider Europe team as part of their higher education dialgoue series.

Kate Joyce, the British Counil's Director of Higher Education and Science, chaired this discussion.  Our other speakers were:

  • Prof Sir Steve Smith - UK International Education Champion, and Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter 
  • Prof John Brewer - CEO of NCUK
  • Prof Jennifer Watling - Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr Vafa Kazdal - Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs at ADA University, Azerbaijan  


Kate Joyce

Director of Higher Education and Science, British Council

Kate is responsible for developing global strategy, managing stakeholder relationships and leading programmes to strengthen international collaboration in HE and Science in over 110 countries.  Kate has spent her career working in education and cultural relations; she led the start-up of a number of major global education programmes including Erasmus+, Newton Fund and Connecting Classrooms and has developed strategic partnerships with UK and overseas governments as well as the private sector.

Prof Sir Steve Smith

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Exeter

Professor Sir Steve Smith has recently been appointed UK International Education Champion, having been Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter since October 2002. He hold a number of other positions including Board member of the Russell Group; Chair of UUK's International Policy Network; Chair of UUK's International Strategic Advisory Board; and Member of the UUK Board. He was knighted in 2011 for services to higher education locally and nationally.

Prof John Brewer

Chief Executive Officer, NCUK

Professor John Brewer BSc., MPhil., PhD. joined NCUK as Chief Executive Officer in October 2019. John previously held roles such as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at UK universities as well as having extensive commercial experience. In 2004, he joined GlaxoSmithKline plc as Director of Sports Science, commissioning research from universities and working closely on the development of new products, whilst jointly managing almost 1000 staff and a £500 million turnover.

Prof Jennifer Watling

Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Manchester Metropolitan University

Jennifer Watling is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she has led the development of internationalisation since 2016. She works with colleagues across the University to improve international enrolments, partnerships, student mobility, and global profile. Professor Watling leads the University’s partnership with Pearson to deliver online programmes across a range of disciplines.

Dr Vafa Kazdal

Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs, ADA University, Azerbaijan

Dr. Vafa Kazdal currently serves as the Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs at ADA University. She joined ADA in 2009 as a Director of the English for Academic and Professional Purposes Program. In 2012 she became Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, introducing the first-of-its-kind Liberal Arts program in the country. Prior to joining ADA, she was a Director of the Center for Academic Reading and Writing and a professor of Applied Linguistics at Azerbaijan University of Languages.

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