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Universities UK International hosts flagship event 'Transnational education: Global location, local innovation'

On 3 October UUKi welcomed leaders in the field of UK transnational education and launched its second annual report The scale of UK higher education transnational education 2016-17. 

UK transnational education (TNE) reaches nearly every country in the world. In each country and at every university the focus and the method is different and very much market specific. UUKi’s TNE conference looked at the ways that effective worldwide degrees blend global locations with local innovations, explored the latest data and asked what that tells us about the ways that TNE is changing. 


The TNE conference was chaired by Professor Sir Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and featured speakers form partner countries across the world.


Among a number of leading TNE figures invited to present at the conference, the attendees had a chance to listen to Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Geoff Gladding, Education Sector Lead at the Department for International Trade, Carma Elliot CMG OBE, Director of British Council China, Maria Tsakali, Head of Education at British Council Greece, Mary Stiasny, Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) and Chief Executive at the University of London International, and Paula Sanderson, Registrar at SOAS University of London. 


UUKi Director Vivienne Stern said during the conference:

"TNE is provided in 228 countries and territories all around the world. The clear majority of countries are involved in some way in TNE. The big story is: TNE is dramatically growing, and it is due to the growth of collaborative provision. The collaboration with others and the desire to boost the quality of available higher education degrees and courses as well as the global public good are the main drivers of TNE."


The afternoon sessions focused on the possible impact of Brexit on the UK’s TNE provision. With the UK’s date of departure from the European Union fast approaching, there could not be a better moment for discussing the future of UK higher education transnational education. 


Read 'The scale of UK higher education transnational education 2016-17', which was launched at this event, here



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