TNE: a classification framework and data guidelines

Tuesday 23 May 2017 -
09:30 to 10:45

Transnational education (TNE) continues to grow in scope and scale, and new models are evolving. TNE represents 10 to 40 per cent of total higher education provision in several countries, and accounts for 30 to 50 per cent of international students for the main sending countries. TNE is clearly having a big impact on national education systems. However, thus far, countries’ ability to classify and track TNE activity has lagged well behind its growth and development. Classification of TNE has proved to be very difficult, for both host and sending countries, and is creating issues for policy makers and practitioners alike. Reliable TNE data is vital to help regulate, assure quality, and plan for greater higher education access and program diversity.

For the past three years, the British Council and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have been working together to develop a TNE Classification Framework and Data Collection Guidelines. The output of that groundbreaking collaboration will be presented at this session.

The finalised versions of the Common TNE Classification Framework and Data Collection Guidelines will also be presented. Some of the main trends, challenges and opportunities to emerge from the project will be explored and discussed with higher education expert participants from the Quality Beyond Boundaries Group. 


  •  Dr Dorothea Rüland, Secretary General, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany (Chair) 
  • Dr Warren Fox, Chief of Higher Education, Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dubai 
  • Professor Jane Knight, Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Professor John McNamara, Director of Research, McNamara Economic Research, UK