Thursday 20 November 2014 -
02:45 to 04:15
The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Drive


Event title:

Transnational Education – our common future?

Developments, trends and stakeholder perspectives


Panel at the Canadian Bureau for International Education Conference

Time and date:

November 20, 2014


The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Drive. Ottawa, ON K1N 9H4, Canada

Event synopsis:

Transnational education plays an important role in the future landscape of higher education globally, by extending access to wider sectors of population seeking the knowledge and skills to thrive in new knowledge economies.


The TNE landscape is a complex one, with multiple stakeholders, each having different perceptions, expectations and motivations. These differing starting points and expectations have spawned a vibrant and diverse range of engagement models. Some have been more successful than others, but all have contributed to the rich fabric of international higher education and in most cases benefitted their stakeholders either directly or indirectly. 


This session will provide an analysis of the different models of TNE, including a working definition of transnational education. It will then analyse the way that risk and opportunity are balanced in the different models and the extent to which they blend global with local. It will explore the growth of TNE over the last decade and the implication of that growth and will provide a framework for assessing stakeholder engagement and impact, looking at the responses stakeholders may wish to consider in the face of emerging developments


The session will include two contrasting case studies – the first will explore stakeholder engagement by the University of Nottingham at its Malaysia campus and a case study from a Canadian college (to be confirmed) engaged in setting up programmes in the Middle East


This session will draw on research including two British Council reports: The Shape of Things to Come: The Evolution of Transnational Education (2013) and Impacts of TNE on Host Countries: Academic, Cultural, Economic & Skills impacts and implications of programme and provider mobility (2014)



Kevin Van-Cauter, Higher Education Adviser, The British Council, Manchester

Tim Gore OBE  The University of London International Programmes

Dr Christopher Hill  The University of Nottingham, Malaysia campus

Doug Wotherspoon, Vice-President, International and Strategic Priorities


CBIE’s 2014 conference theme is The Diplomacy of Knowledge and Our Common Future. It is a concept increasingly discussed by leaders in education and public life. His Excellency David Johnston, Canada’s Governor General and CBIE’s Patron, links education across borders with the broader relationships between countries and regions. Knowledge diplomacy encompasses student mobility and collaborative research across borders (and across disciplines too). It has elsewhere been suggested that knowledge should contribute to a country’s selection of foreign policy objectives, and that knowledge diplomacy offers the opportunity to work at all education levels in a range of fields to develop common approaches to shared global challenges. Participants will explore the meaning of the diplomacy of knowledge and its potential to impact our common future in a meaningful and timely way.


Event aims and objectives:

The outcomes of this session will be a greater understanding of TNE and its impacts. Delegates will take away frameworks and models which they can use ion their own contexts to explore potential TNE opportunities and assess the risks and impacts


Canada’s International Education Conference is an essential meeting place for international educators and stakeholders, convening hundreds of delegates from around the world. The event aims to mobilise expertise, knowledge, opportunity and leadership.


Contact info: telephone and email

Marie Laplante

+1 (613) 237-4820


Who should attend/eligibility criteria:

International education professionals with an interest in engaging with Canadian partners and interested in topics such as International Student Advisory Services, Education Abroad, Emerging Leadership, Recruitment, Marketing and Admissions, The Diplomacy of Knowledge, and Women in Education Leadership.


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