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Transnational education

Student at Nankai University

HEGlobal is a joint initiative between Universities UK International and the British Council to empower UK universities' transnational education (TNE) activity.

It aims to:

  • provide a hub for dialogue around TNE policy development and stimulate debate
  • enable UK universities to maximise their TNE performance, developing the higher education sector's capacity to utilise resources and data
  • provide a collective voice for UK universities on TNE-related policy developments
  • further research, knowledge and data on TNE
  • promote all forms of TNE and raise awareness of its benefits

Visit the HEGlobal website to access the programme's research; read commentary from leading policymakers, strategists and TNE practitioners; and find out about upcoming HEGlobal events. 

About transnational education

Transnational education (TNE) is education delivered in a country other than the country in which the awarding institution is based - for example students based in Malaysia studying for a degree from a university in the UK.

TNE is increasingly important to the UK higher education sector:

  • 665,000 students were studying offshore for UK degrees in 2014–15 (HESA Aggregate Offshore Record).
  • UK higher education TNE grew by 13.4% between 2012–13 and 2014–15 (UUKi analysis).
  • More international students are enrolled in UK-delivered TNE programmes than are studying in the UK.
  • TNE was valued at £496 million per annum to the UK higher education sector in 2012–13, and represents 11% of international student fees.

The UK government's International Education: Global Growth and Prosperity (2013) recognised the importance of TNE to maintaining the UK's position in international education. It looked to HEGlobal to promote TNE to increase its take-up and development as a strategic and sustainable higher education export.