20 Tavistock Square
'Transnational education: here to stay’ brings together sector leaders and practitioners with market intelligence, to explore the next big ideas in effective Transnational education (TNE) management. Participants will be able to focus conversations with country experts and scout new opportunities, with plenty of time to scope their vision for their universities’ next TNE steps and location
Knowledge is not constrained by physical boundaries, so it is no surprise that the UK's university sector reaches far across the globe. In our universities, internationalisation strategies are maturing: the days of siloed activity that only looked at international student recruitment, research partnerships, or outward student mobility are slipping away. Strategies are becoming holistic, and incorporate the wider scope of international activity. This includes transnational education (TNE), ie, the delivery of education in another country to where the education provider is based.
UK HE TNE has grown massively in recent years, and shows no signs of slowing. In 2015-16, there were 701,010 students studying for UK degree programmes overseas – up 5.3% from the previous year, and 17% since 2012. More students study UK degree programmes outside of the UK than there are international students studying in the UK. 82% of UK universities offer TNE, and 23 universities now have more than 5,000 students registered on their overseas programmes. Learners can study for a UK degree in all but fifteen of the world's countries.
In this conference, we explore the phenomenon that is the growth of UK HE TNE, and look at where TNE is headed in future. One thing is for certain: UK HE TNE is here to stay.
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Vivienne Stern, Director UUKi (Chair)
Professor Andrea Nolan, Vice-Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University
His Excellency Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Katherine Bull, Head of Strategic Insight and Planning, University of London International Programmes
Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice Chancellor International, Cardiff Metropolitan
Professor Roger Vickerman, Former Dean for Europe, University of Kent
Paul Inman, Pro Vice Chancellor (International Student Recruitment) and Dean of Technology, Design and Environment, Oxford Brookes University
Anne May Jensen, Head of European Engagement, Universities UK International
Daniel Hurley, Programme Manager, Universities UK
Sean O’Connor, Head of International Engagement (non-EU), Universities UK International
Leo Boe, Policy Lead- Transnational Education, Universities UK International
Gulshin Ijaz, Organisational Development Manager, Queen Mary University of London
TBC, Equality Challenge Unit
Fabrizio Trifiro, Manager (International), Quality Assurance Agency
Dr Frank Haddleton, Director of Academic Quality Assurance, University of Hertfordshire
Alison Todman, Senior International Partnerships Development Leader, UWE Bristol
TBC, University of Central Lancashire
Ruth Moir, Assistant Principal (International Development), Heriot-Watt University
Janet Ilieva, Founder and Director, Education Insight
Matt Durnin, Head of Research and Consultancy, East Asia, British Council
Convenor: Raegan Hiles, Head of Outbound Mobilities Programmes, Universities UK International
Countries will be profiled by table convenors who will host discussions about the opportunities to establish TNE. These will include:
The agenda is still in development and will be finalised shortly.
Vivienne is the Director of Universities UK International (UUKi) which represents UK universities around the world and works to enable them to flourish internationally.
Prior to her role in UUKi, Vivienne was Head of Political Affairs at Universities UK. In this role she led the sector’s response to several major pieces of legislation relating to universities, including the Higher Education Act 2004. She previously worked in the UK Parliament for the Chair of the Education and Skills Select Committee, and as a higher education policy specialist working on topics including quality, student experience, innovation and university-business links.
She is a Director of Universities UK; a member of the Board of the UK India Research and Innovation Initiative and the Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education Fund; she is a member of the British Council’s Education Advisory Group and a number of other Boards and Committees.
She is a graduate in English Literature from the University of Cambridge.
Katherine’s current role is at the University of London International Programmes, which works with the Member Institutions of the University of London to create and deliver courses and qualifications by transnational education. Her role is to lead on strategic marketing planning and create an evidence base to support decision making. Previously, Katherine was responsible for the marketing communications function including customer acquisition and partner marketing.
Katherine has also worked for the Open University in the UK, as well as other academic and training organisations.
Roger Vickerman is Emeritus Professor of European Economics at the University of Kent. He has been involved in student mobility programmes since the late 1970s. From 2009 to 2017 he was Dean of the Brussels School of International Studies and then Dean for Europe, where he was responsible for developing the University’s strategy towards its European engagement, including strategic oversight of its four European Centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome and how these fit into its wider global strategy. In this role he gained significant experience both of developing European partnerships and of obtaining local accreditation and recognition.
Paul Inman is Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design & Environment at Oxford Brookes University. He is a member of the University’s senior management team leading on International Student Recruitment,
In 2017, Oxford Brookes was listed as being one of the top 200 most international universities in the world (THE World University Rankings), and one of the top 50 young universities in the world by the (QS World University Rankings). As the university’s strategic lead for international student recruitment, Paul is currently carrying out a review of Oxford Brookes International – the university’s international office operation.
Oxford Brookes has recently opened up and extended recruitment offices in China, India, Malaysia and Hong Kong, and increased alumni activity and partnership articulation in five targeted regions around the world. Paul successfully led the recent initiative to establish a Confucius Institute in Oxford in partnership with the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP), one of China’s largest academic publishers.
Alongside his senior management work in UK universities, Paul has had a parallel career as a filmmaker and television producer. He is a Council member of Ruskin College, and has been variously a trustee of Photography Oxford, director of UTC Swindon, board member of Digital Cornwall (superfast broadband roll-out), a founding director of Source FM community radio station, and a Director of Fifteen Cornwall, the restaurant and social enterprise set up by Jamie Oliver.
Paul was an early adopter of Twitter and can be found tweeting at @pinman
Dan Hurley is a Programme Manager within the Policy Group, and is responsible for the delivery of two Universities UK's programmes of activity.
The first is internationalisation, which involves having oversight of the current state of the UK higher education sector internationally, and working both with UK government officials to secure a favourable domestic policy environment for universities, and collaborating with colleagues in Universities UK International to help our universities extend their global connections and influence. Dan also has oversight of our research into higher education policy developments abroad, and understanding how best practice identified overseas can be used to inform the development of higher education policy at home.
Secondly he manages Universities UK's programme on professional education, with a specific focus on English universities' contribution to training and educating the teachers our school system needs, and the social workers of the future. Dan also coordinates the Teacher Education Advisory Group, a UUK-GuildHE group for university vice chancellors to discuss timely, strategic responses to the latest developments within the teacher education policy landscape.
Sean is Head of International Engagement (non-EU) at Universities UK International, with oversight of policy work across the Americas, Middle East and North Africa, and Asia regions.
Prior to this he was Policy lead for the Americas region. Before joining UUKi, Sean worked for Canning House, the centre for UK-Latin America relations in London, where he managed government relations, corporate membership and major events, working on behalf of UK businesses operating in the Latin America region. Sean studied for a degree in Modern Languages at the University of Bristol before reading for a Master's in Latin American Studies at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London.
Gulshin works at Queen Mary University of London as an Organisational Development Manager. She is CIPD qualified with a Masters in HR, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and over 15 years’ experience in HR. She is also a qualified life coach. Gulshin has worked on various projects in areas of engagement, well-being, development, international HR and reward. She set up and Chairs the first HEI Staff Working Abroad Special Interest Group, which aims to raise capability in HR-related issues when employing/sending staff overseas as well as provide the opportunity to network and share experiences. Gulshin is also Chair of the M25/South Regional UCEA/UHR Engagement Network Group.
Having completed a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, Alison began her academic career in 2000 as a Senior and then Principal Lecturer at Coventry University. She moved to her current position at UWE Bristol in 2011. In 2003 she became involved in TNE and since then has played a major role in the initiation, development and management of TNE partnerships in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates and Oman. She views TNE as an effective vehicle to enable student mobility and is currently working to facilitate such opportunities in collaboration with overseas partners.
Frank Haddleton is the Director of Academic Quality Assurance at the University of Hertfordshire, an institution-wide leadership role with responsibility for the quality assurance of all taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes awarded by the University, including those offered through collaborative partnerships. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Validating Universities (CVU), and has been a QAA reviewer since 2001. He was also a member of the QAA Advisory Group for the development of Chapter B10 (Managing Higher Education with Others) of the UK Quality Code, and is a reviewer for the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dubai.
Janet is founder and director of Education Insight, a research consultancy specialising in the area of international higher education.
Janet started her career as a university lecturer in Economics before joining the British Council in 2004, to lead the department’s work for higher education research and market intelligence. Janet joined the Higher Education Funding Council for England in May 2012 as head of the HEFCE Observatory.
Janet is a member of the Research Committee of the International Education Association of Australia; board member of the Journal of International Students (US) and adviser on the Philippine - UK Transnational Education Programme run by the British Council and the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines.
Specialising in the economics of education, Matt works with analysts across the region to provide external clients with the data, analysis and insights required to succeed in Asia’s dynamic education sector. In his time at the British Council, he has helped UK institutions to develop their international strategies and identify new partnerships and growth opportunities in transnational education.
Raegan leads Universities UK International’s (UUKi) outbound mobility programmes, overseeing the joint transnational education (TNE) support initiative HEGlobal with the British Council and the national strategy for Outward Student Mobility.
On TNE, she heads up the HEGlobal programme, a joint initiative between the UUKi and the British Council to empower UK universities' transnational education activity. This includes representing UK HE TNE on global platforms, delivery of a national project from 2015-16 exploring the scale and scope of the UK’s offshore higher education delivery, universities’ strategic priorities, and future TNE planning.
On outward student mobility, she manages capacity building work and advocacy to meet the target growth of doubling UK full time undergraduate students’ participation in outward student mobility by 2020. This includes overseeing the development and publication of baseline data and co-chairing the Outward Mobility network.
Raegan has worked across higher education in a university, a funding council, a professional sector grouping and Universities UK. She studied as an undergraduate at the University of Warwick, and has postgraduate qualifications from University College London and the University of York.
Jazreel joined British Council China in June 2004 and is currently the Director Education Services for British Council (East Asia) and Director Education Marketing and Sports for British Council China. She leads a dispersed team based in 13 countries across East Asia to deliver marketing and education services for the UK education sector. In 2011 she set up British Council’s Education Intelligence Unit – the first e-marketing platform dedicated to in international education research for the industry globally. In 2013, she led the development and launched the UK’s flagship outward mobility programme - Generation UK China.
Mr Charles Zammit was appointed by the Prime Minister of Malta as the first Executive Chairman of Education Malta in October 2016. Mr Zammit has a long and extensive career spanning forty years in both the private as well as the public sector in Malta and the UK. He has attended various international conferences where he was also invited as a guest speaker.
Charles is also Senior Advisor to the Minister for Education and Employment, a Council Member at the University of Malta, a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Research at the Innovation and Development Trust, a Member of the Board of the Malta Government Scholarship Scheme, and Director, Malta Financial Services Authority.