Europe's role in transnational education
Brussels, 16 May 2008
Transnational education (TNE) has enjoyed widespread growth in the recent decade, particularly amongst UK, US, and Australian institutions. From the vast sector of online learning to the establishment of offshore campuses and courses, such education may take a variety of forms, bolstering an institution’s international profile, offering an alternative source of income, or supporting the building of research cooperation links. But where do European countries stand in TNE offer vis-à-vis the main competitors? What are the main forms such engagement takes, and why? What are the perceived – and real – advantages and risks associated with such cross-border education?
This European Policy Seminar presented the main findings of an ACA study on transnational education and shed light into these questions through a number of practical case examples, drawing thus widely on experiences of European higher education institutions engaged in exporting their education outside of Europe. There were also opportunities for active engagement of the audience in debating the role and importance of TNE within the European context.