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:

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


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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 October 2016

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

Part VI: Home Campus - Research and Knowledge Transfer

Chris Hill, OBHE Associate
Associate Professor and Director Doctoral Training Centre, Faculty of Education, British University in Dubai

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.

Full article available for members.


7 October 2016

French TNE: provision, characteristics and growth scenarios

Rachael Merola, Sr Researcher, OBHE

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.

Full article available for members.


26 September 2016

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

Part V: Home Campus - Perception and Integration

Chris Hill, OBHE Associate
Associate Professor and Director Doctoral Training Centre, Faculty of Education, British University in Dubai

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?

Full article available for members.




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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

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