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.
Transnational education (TNE) was worth £469m to UK universities in 2012-13, according to a report from BIS. Meanwhile, new research from HEFCE shows TNE students are helping to make up England's shortfall in incoming international student numbers.
Findings from research conducted by the British Council and the German Academic Exchange Service show that transnational education (TNE) is often an affordable alternative to traditional student mobility and is seen to better prepare students for the job market than local providers.
The number of international students studying UK qualifications abroad rose by 4.9% last year. The findings come soon after QAA and the UK Higher Education International Unit have launched a consultation into strengthening the quality of transnational education.
A pilot study commissioned by the British Council offers a first glimpse into the impact of TNE on host nations, institutions and students. A profile of the typical TNE student was presented this week at a high-level HE Summit, while delegates heard from host countries for their opinions. Sara Custer reports.
Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates are the countries offering the most favourable environments to develop transnational education, a new British Council study reveals. However, hubs from Botswana to Korea and Spain may have the potential to become "TNE hotspots" in the future.