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Title TNE Data Collection: reflections from a UK perspective
Author Raegan Hiles - HEGlobal, UK


According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), in 2013/14 there were some 638,000 students enrolled for UK TNE study. That means there are more international students registered for UK awards overseas than international students enrolled for study within the UK. The number of students undertaking TNE is not only high, but expanding rapidly – a 40,000 increase just between 2012/13 and 2013/14.

The recent growth in TNE numbers chimes with predictions made by several TNE commentators, including the UK HE International Unit’s 2013 ‘Horizon Scanning’report, the UK Governments’ 2013 ‘Industrial Strategy, International Education: Global Growth and Prosperity’, and interest in the British Council’s 2013 ‘The Shape of Things to Come 2’ approach to understanding TNE markets. Each expressed different views about the direction of international higher education for the UK, but all shared an assertion that TNE offered future growth. Most suggested that TNE would in fact outstrip international student recruitment to the UK by 2020. It is quite astonishing to see those predictions realised quite so rapidly, and with no signs of slowing.

The sheer volume of students studying for UK awards outside of the UK was one of the drivers in establishing HEGlobal. HEGlobal is a joint initiative between the UK HE International Unit and the British Council, to empower UK higher education institutions (HEIs) in their TNE activity. The programme supports strategic development and discussion, as well as delivering practically focused guidance and events.

Date 14/07/2015
Region(s) Europe
Countries United Kingdom
Theme(s) Transnational Education (TNE) Models

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