Supporting the E in Education & Research Networks: Transnational Education
Dr Esther Wilkinson
Transnational Education (TNE), referring to the provision of education qualifications from institutions in one country to students in another, is an area of significant and growing interest to the UK education sector and plays an essential role in the delivery of international strategies in educational institutions. With stretching targets being set to deliver education as an export, the provision of high quality TNE is critical to governments and education institutions across the globe.
The range and number of TNE activities, such as remote campuses and joint degree programmes, continues to grow rapidly to address international customer demand for UK education. This is most visible within higher education, but there is also activity within further education and schools.
In response to this growing demand from the education community, Jisc is developing the support we offer for the sectors’ both established, and developing, TNE activities. Through our TNE strategy and support programme we seek to address requirements for cost-effective, appropriate and reliable connectivity services overseas; we have already enhanced our portfolio to enable overseas campuses to be connected to home institutions in the UK. This integrates with our UK-based operations, including the Janet network and Jisc’s range of services, to support TNE delivery on a global basis.
Following the release of our commissioned report in January to understand the needs of the higher education sector we have developed projects and services in key locations such as China and Malaysia. Through a series of case studies we will share experiences, knowledge and best practice, along with opportunities for collaboration with Jisc.
Hear about why technology is so important in the delivery of TNE activities, enabling and supporting the student experience, critical for those institutions involved. Learn also about how we are developing and delivering technical solutions for institutions with global activities, where we are heading next and what challenges as a sector we collectively need to overcome.