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Dinner: Wednesday 9th November
Global Forum: Thursday 10th & Friday 11th November
The Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Global Forum timings overview:
Wednesday 9th November:
Pre-conference workshop: 10.00am – 1.30pm
Session 1: 4.00 - 6.00pm, Dinner: 6.00 - 8.30pm
Thursday 10th November: 8.15am - 5.30pm
Friday 11th November: 8.30am - 12.00noon
Our keynote speaker, Dato' Seri Haji Idris Jusoh, Minister of Higher Education in Malaysia, will explore Malaysia’s ambitious Higher Education Blueprint which lays out a programme of activity over a ten year period, with TNE in a leading role, to create an internationalised and globally competitive HE system.
What is the secret to TNE success? What is the evidence for impact, and how is impact defined? This global forum will take on these and other important questions.
Our themes include:
- Impact of TNE: Who has the best track record on TNE in terms of development and impact? How should impact be defined? Which metrics best capture the TNE contribution?
- TNE Operations: Which TNE delivery models work best in particular circumstances and contexts?
- TNE Quality Assurance: How to regulate and support TNE to both safeguard quality and spur innovation?
- Future of TNE: What will TNE look like tomorrow? How to get the most value from technology?
As an IBC evolves and matures, its attention naturally turns to enhancing research output and capability. This is needed for several reasons- in order to firmly establish a sense of identity; generate income; build on reputation and credibility; and grow as a university. How this transition occurs is fundamental to the development of an IBC from a teaching college to a university and requires considerable support, resources and patience. Key questions central to this debate include the processes required for introducing and developing a research culture and then ensuring its growth and support in line with opportunities and strategic objectives. The emergence of research activity plays an integral role in defining the identity of an IBC, not merely in relation to its surroundings but in the eyes of the home campus.
IBCs are faced with questions such as to how to produce world-class research with limited resources and perhaps, expertise? How to integrate with local partners in order to leverage national and regional funding opportunities? How to attract high quality researchers? How to develop and support early career academics? What should the role of an IBC be in relation to the home campus and research development? What mechanisms can be put in place to support integration and promote engagement when time, distance and awareness are key factors to consider? The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) has experienced this transition over the past 15 years in Malaysia.
If Transnational education (TNE) is strongly associated with English as the preeminent global language, and the cross-border activity of higher education institutions from Australia, the UK and the United States. But what about French universities and colleges? What is the scale of TNE from France?
A just-published report provides a wealth of new data. In 2015, there were more than 600 transnational programs and at least 37,000 active TNE students at French higher education institutions, according to “French transnational higher education: the urgent need for a strategy” released in September by France Stratégie, an organization advising the French Prime Minister. Though French institutions are not as active as their UK, US, and Australian counterparts, there are opportunities for growth, says the report, particularly in French speaking countries and in distance and blended learning. The authors call for national and institutional TNE strategies, and explore a number of scenarios to foster growth.
To what extent is an International Branch Campus (IBC) part of the University from which it gets its name? Does it represent an outpost? A reflection? An integrated component or a distant relative? These questions and the realities they embody speak to the very purpose of creating and sustaining an IBC. To what extent is it possible to fully integrate the IBC with the home campus and what are the processes required for this to take effect? Is the best approach top down or bottom up? Should a blueprint be followed or adapted to context and if so, does this adaptation detract or add to the value?
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) was established in 2000 in a rented building in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. In 2005, a fully-fledged campus in Semenyih, some 45 km from the centre of KL, was opened. Irrespective of location, the degrees issued were from Nottingham. The mantra was and is ‘one degree’ but the secondary question of ‘one experience’ remained. Much debate surrounds the issue of a shared or even similar experience as underpinning the value of the degree. Quality assurance dictates that the teaching and learning outcomes, assessment methods, facilities and accreditation must be the same, but the experience?
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Do international students in the Netherlands really need lectures in perfect English?, The Times Higher Education, 25 October 2016
Budget heralds another year of brutal higher education cuts, University World News, 25 October 2016
European Higher Education in the United Arab Emirates, MENAFN (UAE), 25 October 2016
3 Ways to Evaluate a Global University Without Visiting, US News and World Report, 25 October 2016
British Council organizes UK and Azerbaijan Higher Education Institutions Networking Event, Azerbaijan State News Agency, 25 October 2016
As China enrolls more overseas students to build soft power, locals find the process unfair, Global Times (PRC), 24 October 2016
Empowering Change Makers, Inside Higher Ed, 24 October 2016
Students from Myanmar look to the UK as top education destination, Mizzima (Myanmar), 24 October 2016
Top varsities may get more autonomy, Livemint (India), 24 October 2016
Taiwan announces plans to woo 30,000 more international students by 2019, Study International, 21 October 2016
International ed trumps itself, The Australian, 21 October 2016
Higher Education Reform: Government Makes It Easy For Foreign Faculty To Teach At IITs, Swarajya Magazine (India), 21 October 2016
31 October 2016: Westminster Higher Education Forum, 'Next steps for the Research Excellence Framework', London, UK
24 November 2016: Westminster Higher Education Forum, 'The Teaching Excellence Framework - implications and implementation', London, UK
9-11 November 2016: OBHE Global Forum on 'Brain Gain Charting the Impact & Future of TNE', Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
20-22 November 2016: ACA Annual Conference, UniverCities - Higher education institutions and their habitat, Budapest, HUNGARY
29 November 2016: Westminster Higher Education Forum, 'The future for international student recruitment - marketing, building partnerships and tackling barriers to growth', London, UK
30 November - 3 December: American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) 8th Annual Conference, 'Ebb and Flow: The Shifting Landscape of International Student Recruitment', Miami, Florida, USA
25 January 2017: Universities UK and CASE, 'Strategic Fundraising for Leaders in Higher Education, London, UK
2 February 2017: Westminster Higher Education Forum, 'The future for UK science and innovation funding and policy', London, UK
9 February 2017: Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, 'Promoting and regulating competition in the higher education market', London, UK
19-22 February 2017: AIEA Annual Conference, 'Internationalization Through Difference: Transcending Boundaries', Washington, District of Columbia, USA
5-9 March 2017: The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference,'Problematizing (In)Equality: The Promise of Comparative and International Education', Atlanta, Georgia, USA
21 March 2017: Universities UK 'International Higher Education Formum', London, UK
19-22 March 2017: IIE, 5th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
20-23 March 2017: APAIE Conference and Exhibition, Kaohsiung, TAIWAN
26-29 March 2017: The Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2017 (ACEID), Kobe, JAPAN
6-7 April 2017: EUA 2017 Annual Conference, 'Autonomy and freedom: The future sustainability of universities, Bergen, NORWAY
19-20 May 2017: NUFFIC International Conference on 'Education for life in Africa', The Hague, NETHERLANDS
22-24 May 2017: British Council, 'Going Global 2017', London, UK
May 28 – June 2 2017: NAFSA Conference, 'Expanding Community, Strengthening Connections', Los Angeles, California, USA
28-29 June 2017: International AHE Conference, Manchester, UK
4-6 July 2017: Higher Education Academy Annual Conference 2017 Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight, Manchester, UK
23-24 August 2017: The Singapore Education Technology Conference (SETC 2017), SINGAPORE
12-15 September 2017: EAIE 2017, 'A Mosaic of Cultures', Seville, SPAIN
11-13 October 2017: Conference of the Americas on International Education, Montreal, CANADA
17-19 October 2017: 27th International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) World Conference, Toronto, CANADA
23-25 November 2017: European Quality Assurance Forum, Riga, LATVIA
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