At University of Liverpool, we have just launched Strategy 2016. Our guiding vision for the next 10 years is to be a connected, global University at the forefront of knowledge leadership. Our global activities are therefore central to our distinctive vision for the future and transnational education is a key part of that.
Why is TNE so important to University of Liverpool's strategy? We are one of the great centres of research, knowledge and innovation. Our pioneering reputation attracts students, experts and partners from around the world. And through our research, teaching and collaborations we seek to be life changing and world shaping.
Although we have some smaller scale TNE provision, our main focus has been on large scale innovation through 2 pioneering initiatives: the development of Xi' Jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU) and "Liverpool Online" - a partnership between University of Liverpool and Laureate Online Education that began in 2004.
Liverpool Online runs wholly online programmes that are all at the postgraduate level and designed predominantly for working professionals. Whilst we started with masters and postgraduate diplomas, more recently we introduced online doctorates, which have also been in very high demand. We currently have 7,393 active students and over 9,000 have graduated since the start of Liverpool Online. This means that we have a global network of online alumni who are great ambassadors for the online programmes.
Over 70% of our online students come from 3 regions: 35% from Africa, 19% from Western Europe and 17% from the Middle East 17%. There are 29 programmes in total across Business and Management, Computer Science, Health; Psychology; Law and Education. Accreditation in becoming an increasingly important factor for students in choosing our programmes.
In terms of the partnership model, Laureate provides finance, operating and market capabilities and University of Liverpool provides brand, academic vision and infrastructure including quality and accreditation services. We chose the partnership model in preference to building a full in-house capability because of the anticipated scale of operations and costs associated with that. The expertise that Laureate have provided in terms of marketing and recruitment, market research, technological expertise has been valuable and we have also learnt from their processes and business focused culture.
Academic governance is through University of Liverpool's established infrastructure and quality assuranceprocesses. There is a regular joint senior management review of strategy and performance
The pedagogic model is one of collaborative learning which enables students to use online discussions to bring experience of their local context into the global classroom. There is a very large network of online tutors, who are located around the world, ensuring that there is a high level of student support.
The main benefit of the partnership to University of Liverpool is that it has enabled us to deliver at scale, and this has had a very positive impact in terms of strengthening our presence and brand internationally. It has also helped us to develop capabilities in online learning and technology enhanced learning and to develop innovative strategies for teaching and learning. There have been challenges naturally! For example,
One of the key unique assets of Liverpool Online is that students can study completely online, at a distance and don't have to interrupt their professional or personal lives to do so. However, there is an increasing demand for some form of face to face supplement to their studies and many students would especially welcome the opportunity to study at Liverpool for a short time. One of our challenges over the next few years is how to make the programmes more flexible in terms of optional face to face elements without compromising the wholly online model that has been so successful to date.
In conclusion, Liverpool Online is a key part of our global strategy; and is especially important after the EU referendum vote and continued uncertainty about the Government's policy on international student migration and border controls. We talk about using technology to connect learning and learners. Our online students exemplify that though engaging with ideas and knowledge from around the world as well as leaning from each other. In a truly outward looking University, these students are helping us shape a new definition of internationalism for a post Brexit world.