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Title ‘The Scale and Scope of UK HE TNE’ – reflections
Author Raegan Hiles - Head of Programme, HEGlobal


Published at the end of June, ‘The Scale and Scope of UK Higher Education Transnational Education’ sheds new light on the phenomenal growth not just in volume, but in the types of transnational education (TNE) that the United Kingdom (UK) delivers. In quantitative terms, UK universities’ TNE grew by 13.4% between 2012/13 and 2014/15 – more than five times the pace of international student recruitment into the UK. Perhaps more importantly, in qualitative terms, the research shows a growing maturity in the UK’s TNE offer, from diversity of delivery models, increased partnership delivery and enhanced partnership working.

WECD conducted the research, surveying UK HE public providers to better understand the TNE they deliver. The new survey captures two thirds of the HESA Aggregate Offshore Record (AOR) numbers, two thirds of the programmes, and two thirds of the big TNE providers, ie those with over 5,000 TNE students reported to HESA. The report looks at the 2014/15 AOR alongside the survey returns, comparing datasets where applicable. It takes into account factors which might distort the reporting to HESA and/or the survey. The most recent and only other analysis of this depth is BIS’ (2014) ‘The Value of TNE to the UK’ which looked at activity in 2012/13; thus any discussion of recent trends uses 2012/13 as a proxy benchmark. This article outlines some of the report’s key findings, and looks at reactions and discussions within the UK HE sector in the weeks following the report’s release.

Date 08/08/2016
Region(s) Europe, All Regions
Countries United Kingdom, International
Theme(s) Transnational Education (TNE) Models

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