- May 13: An international education strategy with no vision by Craig Whitsed and Wendy Green
The long anticipated Australian National Strategy for International Education 2025 was released to the public on 30 April 2016. This document represents the culmination of a year-long process of consultation with stakeholders, which began with the release of a draft strategy for public comment.
- May 9: Australia: education exports valued at $19.7bn by Anton Crace
The value of Australia’s international education export revenue has been upgraded almost A$1bn according to a new report commissioned by the Australian Federal Government.
- May 4: Germany and Malaysia ‘top performers’ for internationalisation by John Morgan
Major British Council research judges 26 nations’ openness to international higher education
- April 23: Will TNE growth come at the expense of quality?
Transnational education, or TNE, takes many forms ranging from joint degrees and branch campuses to recent emergence of technology-enabled learning. While TNE has provided new opportunities for global engagement and expansion for many institutions, these models often come with challenges of quality.
- April 16: Allow foreign university campuses, says Niti Aayog by Ritika Chopra
The report has justified NITI Aayog’s support for the proposal on the ground that foreign universities will help meet the demand for higher education in the country, increase competition and subsequently improve standards of higher education.
- March 28: UK universities want more ‘transparency’ from China on TNE laws by Ellie Bothwell
Staff in the UK ‘desperate’ to work with Chinese partners but say they do not understand the legislation
- March 18: UK and China agree principles for high quality TNE by QAA News
The first ever UK-China Education Policy Week concluded on Friday 18 March with the announcement of a statement of principles that will inform transnational education programmes between both countries.
- March 17: UK and China agree deal on ‘high-quality’ cross-border education by Ellie Bothwell
Countries make a commitment to deepen partnership in quality assurance for transnational education
- March 15: Hosting US branch campuses ‘costs Qatar £280 million annually’ by Chris Havergal
Qatar spends more than $400 million (£282 million) annually on hosting branch campuses of six leading US universities, according to a report.
- February 11: Thai universities gear up for collaboration with West by David Matthews
Thailand’s institutions want to develop joint degrees with the UK, but hurdles remain in visa red tape and political instability.
- February 1: Seeking Soft Power, China Expands Activities in Arab Higher Education by Wagdy Sawahel
CAIRO— Seeking “soft power” in the Arab world, China is setting up educational collaborations to invest in the Arab world’s scientific and technical workforce. These aims were outlined in what is being called the Chinese government’s first Arab policy paper, published earlier this month.
- January 28: Establishing a presence in China: Lessons for university leaders by Andrew Scott Conning (Harvard University)
The renewed presence of U.S. and other foreign universities in China is an important part of that country’s great ongoing experiment in higher education expansion and reform. Foreign universities are helping inform China’s extraordinary reinvestment in higher education and re-imagination of how it can serve public and national purposes. At the same time, foreign universities are creating opportunities for a much broader range of Western students and scholars to engage with China in the coming years.
Foreign universities operate in China in a variety of forms, according to their particular goals and ambitions. At a moment when many universities are considering how to structure their future overseas engagements, it is timely to reflect on the various institutional models foreign universities have developed in China; the legal and political challenges they have encountered, the special challenges and opportunities they face in recruiting students to their China-based programs, and the lessons their experience offers.
- January 22: British, Egyptian Universities Sign Partnership Agreements by Marc Mcilhone
Against the backdrop of the Education World Forum, universities from the UK & Egypt signed 10 partnerships on collaborative work & research.
- January 7: US: Navitas terminates WKU partnership by Natalie Marsh
Navitas has announced it will end its partnership with Western Kentucky University after identifying that it does not hold “tremendous opportunities for success going forward”.
- January 5: Internationalization in Taiwan- new policy on foreign higher education providers by Angela Yung Chi Hou (Fu Jen Catholic University)
This article looks back at two decades of higher education reform and internationalization in Taiwan, and discusses recent moves to encourage foreign providers. In the 1980s, Taiwan was a manufacturing powerhouse and one of Asia’s economic tigers, but faces a more complex future. A young democracy, Taiwan views a globally competitive higher education system as critical to embracing a knowledge economy, managing demographic decline and stemming brain drain. Overshadowed by China, Taiwan’s story deserves to be better known.
- January 4: Moocs: international credit transfer system edges closer by Jack Grove
Universities are set to pilot a global credit transfer system that will allow students to use courses taken online to count towards their degrees. Six universities from Australia, Europe, Canada and the US are seeking to establish a new alliance in which each organisation’s massive open online courses (Moocs) are formally accredited by partner institutions. The proposed scheme could be similar to the European Credit Transfer System, which enables universities to recognise marks gained by students while studying at other institutions within the European Union.
- December 18: Private unis push for campuses in region by Dumrongkiat Mala
Private Thai universities are calling on the Education Ministry to ease regulations and let them operate freely abroad, especially in neighbouring countries.