British Council launches UK-East Asia TNE advisory

The UK is entering a new era of collaboration with East Asian countries, says the British Council, as it announces a new advisory group for transnational education (TNE) in the region.

QAA has jointly administered a UK TNE student satisfaction survey with authorities in Singapore and Dubai. Photo: British Council

With one-third of all students on UK TNE programs coming from East Asia, the British Council is keen to build on existing foundations and models.

QAA is part of the advisory group and also jointly developing and administering a UK TNE student satisfaction survey with authorities in Singapore and Dubai.

“We are committed to increasing international collaborations in TNE so that even more students in our countries can benefit from our excellent educational resources and quality partnerships,” said Alison Barrett, the British Council’s director for education and society in East Asia.

“The setting up of the UK-EA TNE Advisory Group takes a multi-lateral approach to tackling key issues in transnational education,” she added.

A forum was held in Kuala Lumpur last month which launched the UK-EA TNE advisory group and brought together 50 representatives of regional authorities and practitioners.

Through discussions with policy makers and practitioners, the UK-EA TNE Advisory aims to identify ways to work together to “make a valuable contribution to higher education.”

Universities UK International stated that 84% of UK universities are now delivering TNE to over 700,000 students worldwide, which has been increasing since 2007.

Matt Durnin, global head of research and consultancy, British Council, noted that TNE “is shifting away from a relatively narrow focus on aiding mobility to the major study destinations. Instead, the next phase will be more focused on building longstanding presence in key markets”.

“Regions that were once very outwardly focused will start to look inward at the economic and academic opportunities in their backyards.” 

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