7.5 Quality assurance in transnational education: changing approaches to meet stakeholder needs?6 March 2013 - 10:45
Transnational education (TNE) or cross border education is characterised by mobility of higher education students, programmes, providers and resources across national jurisdiction/borders. TNE represents an area of tremendous potential for countries, students and education providers. It is therefore an area that requires considerable scrutiny.
The session examines quality assurance in TNE and its impact. It also considers how, as TNE grows, approaches to quality assurance might change to meet the needs of difference stakeholders. Presentations include the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) review of UK TNE in China; a Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education commissioned research project which examines the UK-Malaysian TNE experience; and research on TNE quality management and the student experience. The session asks:
• Is the way that quality in TNE is currently measured fit for future purpose?
• What should the role of the host country be in assuring TNE quality in the future?
• To what extent can a model designed to meet student expectations in one country be effective in meeting the expectations of students studying in another?
The session provides an overview of the debate for newcomers, but will be of primary interest to practitioners, strategists, teachers, administrators and funding bodies.