With change brings opportunity. This year, the transnational education conference will examine how transnational education (TNE) can be a cornerstone in rebuilding the post-Covid-19 international education system, through informed innovation.
Information is key to the successful delivery of TNE. There is always more to learn about TNE through metrics, insight, and measurement. Despite our relatively privileged position in the UK with robust sector level data on TNE student numbers, and a flow of research and insights from sector bodies and academia, our understanding of TNE is still limited in some key areas.
Staying well informed gives institutions the freedom to innovate, explore new opportunities and utilise new resources. The current diversity of the UK transnational education offer is testament to the innovation of many practitioners and pioneers over the last few decades. From large branch campuses to small validation arrangements and digitally enhanced approaches, TNE is an umbrella term under which models vary greatly by territory and provider.
Now more than ever, innovative approaches have the potential to:
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Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University
Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Exports, Department for International Trade
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How can cross-border collaboration drive educational development and meet the needs of students and societies? In this opening plenary, panellists will discuss the role of TNE in national internationalisation strategies.
Professor N.V. Varghese, Vice-Chancellor, National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi
This session will explore India’s NEP, specifically opportunities and challenges related to TNE.
In this session, a UK institution and their Indian partner organisation will present a case study on their successful online learning partnership.
How do you design a campus for TNE provision? During this session, we will explore how design and the built environment can complement the benefits of transnational provision and improve student experience and outcomes.
Kevin Prest, Senior Analyst, British Council
Daniel Wake, Policy Analyst, Universities UK
This session is an opportunity to dive deeper into UUKi’s latest TNE reports. We will present the findings from The scale of UK higher education transnational education 2018-19 and Transnational routes to on-shore UK higher education.
Professor Helen O'Sullivan, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education), Keele University (Chair)
Mike Winter OBE, Director of Global Engagement, University of London
How can the UK’s online education offer reach its full potential? How can we address barriers to online learning?
In the wake of the mass transition to online learning due to Covid-19, speakers will consider how universities can collaborate with other organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit spheres to innovate in the area of transnational online higher education.
Philip Hayes, Associate Director of Tax, The University of London
Harriet Latham, Tax Manager, The Open University
Andrea Marshall, Tax Specialist, British Universities Finance Directors Group
Why is the supply of digital services on the radar of tax authorities around the world? How should a university manage this? In this session, tax specialists from The Open University, BUFDG and The University of London, will provide an overview of the issue, why it wasn’t a problem 10 years ago, but is now; how the current pandemic has accelerated the issue; some practical tips on how to establish if your university has overseas tax issues and how to prioritise the countries that you focus on.
It will then work through a real-life example of where a tax liability has arisen and how the issue was resolved. The key message will be that tax issues can be managed, and this session will provide advice on how you can achieve this.
Professor Dame Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool
Professor Bashir Makhoul, President and Vice-Chancellor, University for the Creative Arts (UCA)
Professor Andrea Nolan, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University
Professor Richard A. Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Heriott-Watt University
TNE is at its most successful when it is closely aligned with a university's strategic aims. Many flagship TNE initiatives are driven by a university leader's vision of the future international footprint that the institution could have in a certain context.
In this fireside chat, Vice-Chancellors from four UK universities discuss transnational education in university strategies, the role of university leaders in developing TNE, and how their universities’ approaches to TNE have been affected by Covid and Brexit.
Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University
Professor Richard Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Global, Newcastle University
How can universities pool resources and expertise to overcome barriers to TNE provision, strengthen engagement with overseas governments, funders and regulators, and better meet the needs of the transnational student population?
This closing plenary will explore the challenges and opportunities of working in consortium in TNE.
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Professor Alistair Fitt is the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University. Alistair was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor at Oxford Brookes and had a remit that covered all research and knowledge exchange at the university.
Alistair joined Oxford Brookes in March 2011 from the University of Southampton where he worked for 22 years, latterly as the Dean and then Head of the School of Mathematics before becoming Pro Vice-Chancellor, International.
Alistair Chairs the UUKi TNE Strategy Group, is Chair of the UUK Health Education & Research Policy Network (HERPN), he also and is a board member of the University Alliance.
Alistair is a Director of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP), the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) for Higher Education, and is a Trustee of the Oxford Trust.
Graham Stuart was elected as the Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness in 2005. He joined the Department for International Trade in January 2018 as Minister for Investment. In February 2020 he was appointed Minister for Exports.
Graham went to Selwyn College, Cambridge to read philosophy and law. After university, Graham developed a successful career in publishing, and was a member of Cambridge City Council from 1998 to 2004.
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Mike has 40 years' experience in international education, including with the British Council from 1981 to 2008 in the UK, Turkey, Brazil, France and Japan, where as Director Education he was awarded an OBE for services to international education collaboration. In 2009, he became Director International of the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) with responsibility for the IOE’s global partnerships, student and staff mobility, and the development of its international research and knowledge transfer portfolio.He has been the University of London (UoL)'s Director of Global Engagement since 2016, leading on the development of UoL’s transnational provision across 190 countries.
Steve Waterworth is the head of international partnerships at Liverpool John Moores University, with the responsibility of the development and management of international .An experienced higher education professional, Steve has over 20 years’ experience of working within the Higher Education Sector, initially leading on university industry engagement projects.
For the past 10 years Steve’s role has been focused on the creation, development and management of university international partnerships between UK HEIs and both public and private institutions around the world. Steve has significant experience of partnership development in the Middle East, ASEAN, South Asia and LATAM.
Steve is passionate about university to university partnerships, to add value to students, local, national and international economies and industry. partnerships for Transnational Education staff and student mobility.
Andrea’s tax career spans over 30 years, beginning in 1988 when she joined HM Customs & Excise as a VAT Control Officer. She then spent over 20 years in practice specialising in VAT, initially working with corporate clients, then from 2004 advising the Housing Association sector.
Andrea joined the University of Worcester in 2013 as its in-house Tax Officer before moving to BUFDG as its Tax Specialist in March 2020 - just a week before lockdown. Her role now involves updating the HE sector on current, relevant tax issues, of which there have been many during 2020!
Vivienne is the Director of Universities UK International (UUKi) which represents UK universities around the world and works to enable them to flourish internationally.
Vivienne has over 20 years’ experience of working in higher education policy and politics at national and international level.
She is a member of several boards and advisory committees, including the Education Sector Advisory Group of the Department for Education /Department for International Trade; the Board of UKRI’s Fund for International Collaboration; the British Council’s Education Advisory Group.
She is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, where she studied English Literature.
Currently Co-Founder at upGrad, Phalgun Kompalli is an Indian entrepreneur, based out of Mumbai.
Prior to upGrad, Phalgun was a Principal at The Parthenon Group, an education strategy-consulting firm, where he was involved in advising large education conglomerates and investment funds on their growth and investment strategy in education. He has done significant work in the field of higher education and technology-enabled learning across India, US, Brazil, Africa, and South East Asia. Prior to Parthenon, Phalgun worked at Opera Solutions, an analytics firm consulting Fortune 500 companies on their revenue & cost optimization initiatives through data analytics.
Phalgun Kompalli won the title of the ‘BW Education 40 under 40 Achiever 2020’ by Business World and received the title of Forbes 30 under 30 Asia, for consumer Tech, in 2018.
Dr (Mrs) Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) is the second woman Secretary General of the Association in its 95 years of existence. She has been serving the higher education sector for over three decades at senior positions at the University Grants Commission of India. She is the National Commissioner for Rangers of Bharat Scouts and Guides. She is also the Member of General Assembly of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi.
Dr. (Mrs) Pankaj Mittal is a Fulbright Scholar and has been a topper in MSc and PhD in Agricultural Statistics from IARI, New Delhi. Dr Mittal has also served as the first regular Vice Chancellor of Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Haryana, the first rural women university of North India for two terms. Dr Mittal is also the recipient of many Awards and Honours like Fulbright Nehru Scholarship grant for Educational administrators, President of India Award in 2017 for Digital Initiatives in higher education.
Harriet trained as an accountant and chartered tax adviser with PWC a very long time ago. After a three year spell at an industrial company, and a year working in a secondary school maths department, she moved over to university education, spending four years as Technical Director at BUFDG and then joining the OU, where she manages all taxes, six years ago.
Dr Elisabeth Grindel-Denby has experienced teaching, learning and working in both the German and British HE sector. Her PhD studies (Lancaster University) focused on international students and their families making a home whilst being dispersed. She researches international students' learning and teaching strategies as well as TNE, and positions this knowledge in the field of Migration Sociology. She brings with her 10 years of HE sector experience specifically with international students in several senior management roles. She now serves as Campus Director at Lancaster University Leipzig.
Before joining Universities UK in June 2017, Dan was a Senior Researcher at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). Before CIPFA, he was a Research Officer at the British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG). Dan holds degrees in Politics and Media and Cultural Analysis, both from Loughborough University. He also studied at Lund University in Sweden as part of the Erasmus programme.
As PVC for Education, Professor O’Sullivan takes strategic leadership for all aspects of education at Keele, and is particularly interested in how digital education can support social learning as well as expanding the Keele community through flexible, online and transnational education. She started off as a geneticist but developed an interest in how medical students develop professionalism and leadership, especially emotional intelligence and empathy and is professor of medical education. Helen is the Chair of the Association for Learning Technology, a member of the Advance HE Board, Co-Convener of Advance HE’s PVC Network and a member of UUKi TNE Advisory Group.
Dame Janet is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool. She was awarded a Damehood for services to higher education and equality and diversity in 2018. Janet is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and chairs their Assurance Board, and is a member of the boards of Universities UK, Russell Group and National Leadership Centre. She took up a 3 year term of office as the International Policy Lead for Universities UK in August 2020. Janet is a member of the Liverpool City Region LEP and is an adviser to the Metro Mayor on Higher Education for the City Region.
Professor Bashir Makhoul became Vice-Chancellor at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in 2017. In an academic career spanning 22 years, he has specialised in creating overseas partnerships and spearheaded the creation of three new Chinese campuses. He is a prolific writer, editor and artist and has exhibited at a range of high-profile venues and events including the Hayward Gallery, Tate Liverpool, 2013 Venice Biennale and the Aichi Biennale in Japan. He is a published author who has written several books about Palestinian art and themes of conflict and identity, including the ‘The Origins of Palestinian Art’ and ‘Conflict and Compassion.’
Richard Williams has been Principal & Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University since August 2015. Heriot-Watt University (www.hw.ac.uk) was founded in 1821 and, unusually, is a global University operating from five locations in three countries (Scotland, UAE and Malaysia) with 70% international students and over a third undertaking work-based learning. It specialises in science, engineering and business with a strong research base. It is highly distinctive in operating a unitary system (rather than a branch campus model) across all its locations offering students unprecedented opportunities to study at multiple locations. Richard has held senior posts at Universities of Leeds, Birmingham & Exeter.
Responsible for all Coventry's international activities including joint ventures, student recruitment, collaborative partnerships, curriculum internationalization and mobility, David Pilsbury heads a sector leading global engagement agenda recognised by many awards including the Queen's Award for Enterprise. He holds a number of Board level positions including JISC, China-Britain Business Council & IDP Connect and advisory positions including with EURIE, NARIC and Hainan Provincial Government. Previously David was the founding CEO of the Worldwide Universities Network, HEFCE Head of Research Policy and Assistant Director R&D at Cambridge University Hospital. He was a strategic consultant and investment banker after undertaking a D.Phil and research at Oxford.
Professor Andrea Nolan is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University, a role she has held since 2013. Andrea graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and, after a short time in veterinary practice, embarked on an academic career which led to her appointment as a Lecturer and then Professor in Veterinary Pharmacology at the University of Glasgow where she established herself as a research leader in the field of animal pain, its recognition and management.
Her senior leadership in Glasgow developed through roles as Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Vice-Principal for Learning, Teaching and Internationalisation, and Senior Vice-Principal. She served as Convenor of Universities Scotland, the professional body representing Scotland’s 19 Higher Education institutions from 2016 to 2020, and currently chairs its International Committee. She serves on a range of Boards and groups contributing to the development of Higher Education. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies and was awarded an Honorary OBE in 2013 for services to Higher Education and Veterinary Science.