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Offshore TNE: From Education Hubs to Micro-Campuses

3 Jun 2020, 10:00 - 15:00
Bird & Bird LLP
12 New Fetter Ln

International branch campuses (IBCs) account for a growing proportion of UK TNE (28,355 students in 2017-18). The halo effect of an overseas physical presence can boost international positioning and collaborations. Offshore campuses also carry greater reputational and financial risk for institutions and the sector than other forms of TNE, especially where market exits carry a high price tag.

In this full-day event in partnership with Bird & Bird LLP we will explore strategies for universities to successfully take advantage of opportunities to expand their offshore physical presence while mitigating reputational, legal and financial risks and developing sound exit strategies in an increasingly complex global regulatory landscape.

We will explore:

  • The journey to open an offshore campus or office
  • Risks associated with overseas presence: financial, reputational and operational
  • The sometimes unexpected benefits an overseas presence can bring
  • Diversification in the approaches to an overseas presence: from representation offices to microcampuses
  • Alternative approaches to having an overseas presence: what can universities learn from other sectors

Do you have an interesting case study to present? Please submit your session proposal here.

Who should attend?

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor, International
  • Director/Head of International
  • Director/Head of Library Services
  • Registrar/Head of Academic Operations
  • Head of Partnerships and Global Opportunities
  • Partnership Manager
  • TNE Manager
  • Global Engagement Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer


Attendees at last year's event said:

  • "All the speakers were excellent in their presentations and it was a very useful networking event"
  • "Well paced and very informative."
  • "Good resource, timing and experience with worthwhile peer interaction."
  • "Lots of best practice to reflect on and revisit our existing models."
  • "The catering for the event was fantastic. A big thank you from me."


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Sanaa Busaidy-Hubert

Sanaa Busaidy-Hubert

Events Producer
Universities UK

Esther Dudley

Head of Events and Engagement
Universities UK


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