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Title Bridging the IT infrastructure gap: Transnational education and the global citizen
Author Esther Wilkinson - Jisc- the UK’s national coordinator of digital technologies in education and research


UK universities, colleges and schools have taken enthusiastically to the challenge of setting up international operations. Several now have their own overseas campuses while others have preferred the partnership route, or even operate fully online. We know through our work with the sector that many more are exploring transnational education (TNE) as a way to prepare their students to become citizens in a global economy, promote cross-cultural understanding and build their institution’s reputation and influence.

The UK government is similarly excited about the potential of TNE as a means of bolstering the nation’s knowledge economy and bringing in additional revenue. A report produced by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) in late 2014 revealed that the UK is the second largest provider of international education with a 13% share of the market and in June this year, Minister of State for Universities and Science Jo Johnson said that the government wants to increase education exports from £12bn in 2012 to £30bn as soon as 2020.

So far, so positive, but UK providers certainly won’t have it all their own way as competition from other nations hots up. There are strong indicators that the market is evolving and a major European study suggests that future TNE initiatives are likely to focus less on opening branch campuses and more on strategic partnerships. This is a lower risk and potentially lower cost approach but its success will depend heavily on sophisticated, reliable and secure digital infrastructure and systems.

How can an organization like Jisc help institutions thrive in TNE?

Date 31/08/2015
Region(s) Europe
Countries United Kingdom
Theme(s) Transnational Education (TNE) Models, Technology

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