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?



21 July 2016

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

Part III: Administration and Staffing Issues

Christopher Hill, OBHE Associate
Associate Professor & Director Doctoral Training Centre, Faculty of Education, British University in Dubai – as of September 1st 2016

The creation and growth of an international branch campus (IBC) is a costly and risk intensive process.  A common model involves seconding senior staff from the home campus to ensure knowledge transfer and guarantee quality assurance.  This process is expensive and often problematic – particularly in terms of reintegrating these staff when they return to the home campus. Over time, staff numbers will increase and not all can be on international seconded contracts.  Local provision will grow and with it, local knowledge and expertise.  An IBC will become more a product of its place than its international link.

Key questions arise however as to the processes in place along this journey.  Who is responsible for the hiring of staff, both academic and administrative?  Does the home campus oversee all of this and is this legitimate given their distance from the IBC?  Does the IBC oversee all of this and is this legitimate given issues of quality assurance?  Does it evolve over time?  Is there a distinction between the hiring and training of staff?   While academic staff on the various campuses follow the same requirements and standards for promotion, does the same apply for administrative staff?

Full article available for members.


14 July 2016

Elated and Excited? Sizing up India’s latest attempt to welcome foreign education providers

Richard Garrett, Director, The OBHE

India is a classic case of TNE confusion and complexity. The national government worries about domestic higher education capacity and the number of students who study abroad never to return, but is suspicious of foreign providers who offer help. A comprehensive regulatory framework for TNE in India has long been promised. The patchwork of guidance that exists, split across different government agencies, is both frustratingly vague and laboriously detailed. Quite a bit of TNE goes on in practice but must contend with lack of recognition, poor data and unpredictable enforcement of the rules.

On June 23rd, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani unveiled amended regulations for collaboration between Indian and foreign institutions. The big change is that Indian institutions may now apply directly to have a foreign collaboration approved. Under the old rules, formalized in 2012, the foreign partner had to apply. The Minister revealed that not a single foreign institution had filed an application, and blamed perceived bureaucracy. Irani vowed that applications- to the University Grants Commission, an HRD agency- would be acknowledged within a month and processed within two.

The Indian Council of Universities, representing private institutions, welcomed the changes. "All the members of ICU are elated and excited with this new policy of UGC. Previously there was no clarity about collaboration of Indian universities with foreign counterparts. Now the released new policy has well explained clarity how to go ahead for collaboration with foreign universities. This policy is indeed to build healthy relations with top universities of the world which is sure to help Indian students immensely." There appears to have been no official reaction from the Association of Indian Universities, the lead representative body.

So is the latest announcement from the Ministry a breakthrough or another false dawn?

Full article available for members.


28 June 2016

IBC Series:   Reflections from 8 years on an International Branch CampusStrategies

Part II: Faculty – Establishment, Development and Evolution

Christopher Hill, OBHE Associate
Associate Professor & Director Doctoral Training Centre, Faculty of Education, British University in Dubai – as of September 1st 2016

An International Branch Campus (IBC) can follow varying modes of delivery, from reliance on the fly-in model to a firmly established presence of on the ground academics and teachers.  There are key issues within these choices that merit closer examination as they speak to sustainability, quality assurance, opportunities for institutional growth, knowledge exchange and the development of local expertise.  How do faculty roles and models evolve over time and is this by design or necessity?  What are the key stages in recruitment, training and development of staff?  Is success measured by growth in numbers or reduction in reliance on the home campus?  These questions all speak, not just to the quality of delivery on an IBC but to its identity and intrinsic value as an entity in its own right.


The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) recruits its faculty from around the world and seeks to balance Nottingham UK senior colleagues with faculty members from Malaysia and further afield.  There are consistently over forty nationalities of academics on campus ranging in discipline and experience.  The system is evolving and there is no longer such a reliance on UK expertise and leadership but rather a commitment to developing capacity and supporting sustainable growth.  

Full article available for members.





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