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The Value of Transnational Education to the UK


14 November 2014

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published 'The Value of Transnational Education to the UK' report today (27th November). The report provides details on: the modes of TNE delivery offered by UK HEIs; the number of students studying on TNE programmes offered by UK HEIs; and the value of TNE activities to UK HEIs. 

Vivienne Stern, Director of the UK HE International Unit, welcomed the report's publication: 'The Value of Transnational Education to the UK' gives us a clearer picture of the scale and value of the UK's transnational activity. TNE activity was estimated to be worth £496m in 2012/13.  However TNE is about more than money, it opens up the opportunity for people who would never be able to travel to the UK to experience a UK education.  It also enables the UK HE sector to develop links internationally. The report shows that TNE is complex, and whilst there are many opportunities, there are also many challenges; establishing new provision can be time consuming and risky.  The joint UK Higher Education International Unit and British Council's HEGlobal initiative supports UK higher education to make the most of these opportunities'.

HEGlobal supports UK higher education to develop and grow UK universities' TNE activities. 'The Value of Transnational Education to the UK' will feature in discussion items on the HE Global website over the coming weeks, and the HE Global events programme will feature a seminar with the report's research team in January 2015.