Brain Gain:  Charting the impact and future of TNE
9-11 November 2016
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Brain Gain:  
Charting the impact and future of TNE

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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:  
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


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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?



16 August 2016

IBC Series, Reflections from 8 years on an International Branch Campus

Part IV: Host Nation - Accreditation and Regulation

Chris Hill, OBHE Associate

Malaysia has been very successful in attracting international institutions over the past decade.  Transnational education has played an important role in the development of Malaysian education, from the early necessity for degree awarding bodies and additional capacity to the expansion of international student recruitment.  There are currently ten international branch campuses operating in Malaysia and The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) has been in place since 2000 and experienced the evolution of regulation and accreditation within Malaysia from the joint and distance delivery of degrees to the branch campus boom, and now to the Iskandar EduCity hub model, where the UK universities of Newcastle, Reading and Southampton are located.


A key question to pose is what purpose does an international branch campus (IBC) serve for the host country?  For the home campus there are issues of recruitment, international expansion, income, collaboration and development to consider but for the host nation?  Are IBCs sources of income? Of reputation? Of collaboration?  Of Competition?  How are IBCs regulated and integrated into the national system and network?  Can IBCs remain apart or should they be compared equally with local higher education institutions (HEIs)?

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8 August 2016

‘The Scale and Scope of UK HE TNE’ – reflections

Raegan Hiles, Head of Programme, HEGlobal

Published at the end of June, ‘The Scale and Scope of UK Higher Education Transnational Education’ sheds new light on the phenomenal growth not just in volume, but in the types of transnational education (TNE) that the United Kingdom (UK) delivers. In quantitative terms, UK universities’ TNE grew by 13.4% between 2012/13 and 2014/15 – more than five times the pace of international student recruitment into the UK. Perhaps more importantly, in qualitative terms, the research shows a growing maturity in the UK’s TNE offer, from diversity of delivery models, increased partnership delivery and enhanced partnership working.

WECD conducted the research, surveying UK HE public providers to better understand the TNE they deliver. The new survey captures two thirds of the HESA Aggregate Offshore Record (AOR) numbers, two thirds of the programmes, and two thirds of the big TNE providers, ie those with over 5,000 TNE students reported to HESA. The report looks at the 2014/15 AOR alongside the survey returns, comparing datasets where applicable. It takes into account factors which might distort the reporting to HESA and/or the survey. The most recent and only other analysis of this depth is BIS’ (2014) ‘The Value of TNE to the UK’ which looked at activity in 2012/13; thus any discussion of recent trends uses 2012/13 as a proxy benchmark. This article outlines some of the report’s key findings, and looks at reactions and discussions within the UK HE sector in the weeks following the report’s release.

This article is open access.


1 August 2016

Debunking international student mobility myths

Vincenzo Raimo, PVC (Global Engagement), University of Reading 

The focus, at least in the UK, of university internationalization strategies, has been on student mobility, usually the mobility of students in, and centered around income generation, but increasingly now also on the mobility of students out for periods of up to an academic year.

This focus on student mobility as the central tenant of internationalization is surprising in many ways, in part because internationalization is and should be about so much more than the worldwide traffic in students but also because the percentage of mobile students, while growing, remains a tiny fraction of the total number of students in higher education.

I have no doubt whatsoever about the benefits which can accrue to our students, to our universities and to our nations of student mobility, but if we are to make significant progress in the internationalization of our institutions then it is vital that we challenge some of the accepted assumptions in our new race to increase outward student mobility. This is why at the recent Westminster Higher Education Forum, ‘What’s next for the UK’s outward student mobility strategy?’, I took quite a different stance to the majority of speakers and presented what I described as 3 fallacies, now repeated here, in our assumptions about outward student mobility. Of course the list of fallacies could have been much longer …

This article is open access.



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8-9 September 2016: University of Buckingham Festival of Higher Education, Buckingham,UK

13-16 September 2016: The European Association for International Education (EAIE) Annual Conference, Liverpool, UK

22-23 September 2016: HEIDA Project Conference, 'Data driven decision making for internationalization of higher education: Bridging the gap between faculty and admin using effective communication platforms', Istanbul, TURKEY

5-7 October 2016: 7th African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE) Annual Conference, Accra, GHANA

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18-21 October 2016:  Australian International Education Conference (AIEC), Connectivity – at the heart of international education, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

23-25 October 2016:  IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad, Washington, DC, USA

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


10-13 January 2017:  Regent's University and OBHE 'International Partners Conference - Intercultural Education: Global Citizenship in Changing World Scenarios', 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

10-11 March 2017:  International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL) International Conference, Pune, INDIA

19-22 March 2017:  IIE, 5th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

20-23 March 2017: APAIE Conference and Exhibition, Kaohsiung, TAIWAN

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