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About our TNE work

Our TNE work is designed to give universities the best chance of success when developing and delivering programmes overseas. We work closely with partners, in particular the British Council, on research and insight to provide university leaders with the evidence to make strategic decisions, and to shape programmes to help develop TNE opportunities in more places for UK universities.

TNE is increasingly important to UK universities, reaching 1.6 times more learners overseas than there are international students enrolled on higher education programmes in the UK. UK higher education TNE is:

  • Far reaching: 701,010 students were studying offshore for UK degrees in 2015–16 (HESA Aggregate Offshore Record) in all but 15 countries. More international students are enrolled in UK-delivered TNE programmes than are studying in the UK.

  • Diverse, flexible and strong: TNE is delivered in almost all academic fields, at every level, with the possibility of studying part-time and full-time, through distance/online learning, studying in-country through a partner or through a physical campus.

  • Growing: our universities' TNE grew by 17% between 2012–13 and 2015-16.

  • Strategically important: higher education TNE was valued at £550 million per annum to the UK in 2013-14, and earns the most of any education export from the UK. It represents 11% of international student fees.

  • Leading in international partnerships: Increasingly, universities are developing new TNE with other universities, colleges or even overseas governments. The UK is a partner of choice for TNE because of its strengths including quality assurance, curriculum development and assessment. 

UUKi's TNE programme team works by:

  • providing a hub for dialogue around TNE policy development and stimulate debate

  • enabling UK universities to maximise their TNE performance, developing the higher education sector's capacity to utilise resources and data

  • providing a collective voice for UK universities on TNE-related policy developments

  • furthering research, knowledge and data on TNE

  • promoting all forms of TNE and raising awareness of its benefits

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