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Transnational education: Global location, local innovation

Transnational education (TNE) is the delivery of an educational award in a country other than that in which the awarding body is based. It can include, but is not limited to, branch campuses, distance learning, joint and dual degree programmes, fly-in faculty, or a mix of these, often referred to as blended learning.

The UK’s higher education TNE offer is growing in terms of both scale and strategic importance, and TNE is becoming a core component of many universities’ strategic approach to international growth. The large majority of UK universities (84%) now deliver TNE to over 700,000 students worldwide with this number having increased year on year since 2007/08. This means that the UK higher education sector now provides qualifications to more students overseas than to international students in the UK (approximately 450,000).

This report includes new case studies from 17 Universities in the UK who are currently delivering TNE overseas via partnerships and collaborative arrangements. The report highlights the contribution to the economy and the benefit to both UK and host institutions as a result of delivering UK programmes overseas, and illustrates a variety of provision and programmes.  


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