Will TNE growth come at the expense of quality?

Cross-border delivery of higher education is becoming a financial necessity for some institutions and a strategic differentiation for others.

Will the growth in transnational education or TNE come at the expense of quality? Is the growth of TNE dependent on more flexible standards of quality? Or are we stifling innovation in TNE by putting up too many barriers for experimentation?

Global experts will debate and discuss the emerging issues on the theme of transnational education in a free webinar hosted by University World News in partnership with DrEducation, on 24 May, at 11am in New York or 4pm in London.

Transnational education, or TNE, takes many forms ranging from joint degrees and branch campuses to recent emergence of technology-enabled learning. While TNE has provided new opportunities for global engagement and expansion for many institutions, these models often come with challenges of quality.

As University World News has reported, the proliferation of different types of TNE is making it difficult for host countries, as well as countries where the degrees originate, to compare programmes and for students abroad to judge their quality.

Should there be a benchmarking of degrees delivered outside the country of origin in different settings that include branch campuses, accredited or franchised courses, and independent joint institutions?

These and other questions will be addressed in the debate, which will be moderated by Dr Rahul Choudaha, principal researcher and CEO of DrEducation, a global higher education research and consulting firm. As a social entrepreneur, Choudaha co-founded, an online platform focused on international student success. He holds a doctorate in higher education from the University of Denver, USA.

Speakers will include:
  • • Dr Nigel Healey is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. He is currently part of a research team funded by the UK government to audit the scale and value of transnational education in the UK. He earned his DBA in Higher Education Management from the University of Bath, UK.

  • • Dr Jason E Lane is Senior Associate Vice-Chancellor and Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Strategic Leadership, State University of New York or SUNY. He oversees SUNY’s global engagements and is a member of the board of managers of SUNY Korea. He received his doctorate from Penn State University, USA.

  • • Dr Elizabeth (Beth) J Stroble is the President of Webster University, USA. She leads Webster University's mission as a worldwide institution transforming students for individual excellence and global citizenship. She received her doctorate in curriculum studies from the University of Virginia, USA.

  • • Dr Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin is a Senior Analyst, Project Leader and Deputy Head of Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Directorate for Education and Skills). He is the co-author of Ensuring Quality in Cross-Border Higher Education (2015). He holds a PhD in economics from University of Paris, France.
The webinar is free. To secure your participation, register for the webinar today by clicking the link here.