Establishing a presence in China:

Lessons for university leaders

  MirrorDragonSm1The renewed presence of U.S. and other foreign universities in China is an important part of that country’s great ongoing experiment in higher education expansion and reform. Foreign universities are helping inform China’s extraordinary reinvestment in higher education and re-imagination of how it can serve public and national purposes. At the same time, foreign universities are creating opportunities for a much broader range of Western students and scholars to engage with China in the coming years.

Foreign universities operate in China in a variety of forms, according to their particular goals and ambitions. At a moment when many universities are considering how to structure their future overseas engagements, it is timely to reflect on the various institutional models foreign universities have developed in China; the legal and political challenges they have encountered, the special challenges and opportunities they face in recruiting students to their China-based programs, and the lessons their experience offers.

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8 February 2016

The Big Decline in Part-Time Students in England- what is going on?

Richard Garrett, Director, OBHE
Annie Burrows, Academic Affairs Analyst, Barnard College, New York

In England, part-time enrollment in higher education is down a massive 41% over the past five years, and new entrants are down 55%. This represents over 200,000 students no longer enrolled. At a time when higher education is said to be becoming more flexible and accommodating of a broader range of students, this trend seems very surprising. What is going on?

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1 February 2016

TNE to the rescue: exploring the potential to ameliorate Europe’s refugee crisis

Rachael Merola, Senior Researcher, OBHE

Europe is experiencing the largest mass migration of people since the end of WWII, originating from conflict in the Middle East. Continuing and widespread violence in Syria, which has affected some neighbouring countries, has forced many young people to abandon or forego plans for higher education, threatening to create a ‘lost generation’ of youth.

This article looks at transnational education (TNE) initiatives targeting refugees currently underway in Europe, as well as in other major refugee communities.  It examines obstacles to providing quality education to refugees and investigates how TNE helps overcome these barriers. 

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11 January 2016

Collaborative regulation? Reflections on how the quality assurance of TNE in China might be better aligned

Xiaozhou (Emily) Zhou, Observatory Associate, Lecturer, Shanghai International Studies University, China

Transnational education (TNE) - the catch-all term for a variety of alliances between universities, colleges, governments and the private sector across national borders - continues to grow in size and significance. Increasingly, regulators in both importing and exporting countries undertake some sort of TNE review. How to ensure such oversight is targeted and efficient rather than bureaucratic and duplicative? TNE is defined by collaboration, but are regulators sufficiently joined-up?

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