Countries across the world are increasingly looking to transnational education to contribute to their national agendas. These range from widening access and social inclusion to economic regeneration and the creation of knowledge-based societies. But, can education from outside a country really respond effectively to development agendas within it? The discussion is framed by three opening perspectives from Malaysia, Philippines and Bangladesh – countries with very different histories, expectations and experiences of TNE.

Questions to be explored include:

  • To what extent is TNE contributing to national agendas?
  • What factors enable or hinder that contribution?
  • Can these factors be managed – and how might this be done?


  • Professor Gazi Mahabubul Alam, Vice-Chancellor and Chairman, Central University of Science and Technology (CUST), Bangladesh
  • Professor Colin Grant, Vice-Principal (International), Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • Dr Parmjit Singh, Chief Executive Officer, APIIT Education Group, Malaysia