The number of international branch campuses operating worldwide hit 249 in 2015 after more than a decade of steady growth. China has overtaken the UAE as the country hosting the largest number of IBCs, while the US and Europe are driving growth.
French higher education institutions are active overseas but a lack of national and institutional strategies means the country’s transnational education lags behind the UK, US and Australia, a government-sponsored think tank has said.
Four out of five UK higher education institutions involved in transnational education – in the forms of international branch campuses, online provision, dual degrees and joint programmes – intend to grow operations over the next three years, according to an extensive survey by HE Global.
Legal researchers have called for more due diligence on the part of TNE sending institutions saying public oversight mechanisms in place in their home countries have jurisdiction over transnational exports.