Brain Gain:  Charting the impact and future of TNE
9-11 November 2016    Registration   Info & Call for papers

Brain Gain:  
Charting the impact and future of TNE

An OBHE Global Forum in partnership with:



Dinner: Wednesday 9th November
Global Forum: Thursday 10th & Friday 11th November

The Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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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?



22 April 2016

Would a British exit from the European Union damage UK higher education?

Carolyn Walker, Observatory Associate

On 23rd June this year, the British people will take part in a referendum to decide whether the UK should leave or remain as a member of the European Union (EU).  The referendum is being described as the most important political event in a generation – one which will have a massive effect on the lives of UK citizens for many years to come.  The UK Government is adamant  that the benefits of membership of the EU significantly outweigh the disadvantages, while those in favour of leaving believe that the EU imposes too many rules on trade, has allowed too many people from other countries into the UK, costs a lot of money and reduces national sovereignty.  

Arguments are raging on both sides, and it seems that opinions are fairly evenly split across the country. But what is at stake for higher education (HE)?

Full article available for members.


7 April 2016

China Announces “Double World Class” Scheme – is it a repetition of 985/211 or a breakthrough?

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

In November 2015, China’s Ministry of Education announced its “Double World Class” scheme for further developing higher education. “Double World Class” literally means world class university and world class field of study. It reflects the Ministry’s ambition that the best Chinese universities stand shoulder to shoulder with world’s best. A 5,000-word “Overall Plan” was published after two years of consideration at the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance and National Committee of Reform and Development. It sets out a number of objectives with clear deadlines yet rather ambiguous meanings.

Full article available for members.


24 March 2016

All TNE is not created equal: how International Branch Campuses stand out from the crowd

Rachael Merola, Senior Researcher

Full article available for members.






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Universities are booming but there are warning signs, Financial Times, 29 April 2016

Kostenlose Tests - DAAD unterstützt Flüchtlinge auf dem Weg an die Hochschule, Entwicklungspolitik Online (Germany), 29 April 2016

Michiko Suzuki, JASSO, Japan, The PIE News, 29 April 2016

South Africa Must Open Student Funding to Public Scrutiny, All Africa via The Conversation, 29 April 2016

China Approves Strict Control of Foreign NGOs, The New York Times, 28 April 2016

Immer mehr Studenten gehen ins Ausland, RP Online (Germany), 28 April 2016

Change in Ownership?, Inside Higher Ed, 28 April 2016

Hundreds protest against student's killing in Khartoum, Daily Mail, 28 April 2016

Terrorism and migration seen as world’s top challenges, University World News, 28 April 2016

Ranking ‘overlooks the best’: research expert, The Australian, 28 April 2016

Chinese private education provider buys UConn campus, Education Dive, 27 April 2016

Closing ranks with higher education, The Financial Express (India), 27 April 2016





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Forthcoming Events


3-5 May 2016:  Going Global 2016,  'Building nations and connecting cultures: education policy, economic development and engagement', Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA

12 May 2016: i-graduate's Best Practice Exchange Europe, for info email nannette.ripmeester@i-graduate.org , Rotterdam, THE NETHERLANDS

23-24 May 2016: EP-Nuffic Conference, 'Employability for Tomorrow - Human Capital for the Future', Warsaw, POLAND

29 May-3 June 2016:  NAFSA, 'Building Capacity for Global Learning', Denver, Colorado, USA

9 June 2016:  Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar, 'Promoting UK education abroad: implementation, standards, exporting qualifications and assessment, and international student recruitment', London, UK

10 June 2016:  TNE Hub and HE Global, 'Bridging the gap: Research and practice in transnational education', Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK

14-17 June 2016:  EDEN 2016 Annual Conference, 'Re-imagining learning environments', Budapest, HUNGARY

15 June 2016:  Universities UK Higher Education International Unit 'Enhancing the international student experience', London, UK

15 June 2016:  Westminster Higher Education Forum's keynote seminar 'Reforming degree classification in the UK', London, UK

5 July 2016:  Westminster Higher education Forum 'What next for the UK's outward student moiblity strategy and involvement in Erasmus+?', London, UK

6 July 2016:  Jisc and CNI conference, 'International advances in digital scholarship', Oxford, UK

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

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


10-13 January 2017:  Regent's University and OBHE 'International Partners Conference', London, UK

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

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The State of Open Universities
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A perspective on performance,
competition & innovation

OBHE Director Richard Garrett
for the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL)

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April 2016





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