The future of transnational education (or cross-border) is quite uncertain and an overarching question arises for institutional leaders – are your transnational education strategies future-ready? Are they adaptable and sustainable for a complex environment which is primed to be disrupted by learning models like MOOCs? Do your strategies involve assessing the market demand and adapting to the emergence of a new segment of ‘glocal’ students? How do you plan to de-risk your infrastructure-heavy branch campus strategies?
TNE is growing not only in numbers but also in complexity. This makes the future unpredictable and raises the importance of informed strategic choices. How can institutions develop informed and adaptive strategies to manage the risks and maximize the opportunities with TNE without compromising its mission? How can senior international officers make strategic choices about best-fit models, markets and partners which are expected to be not only responsive but also need to be impactful within limited budgets.
At the EAIE Conference in Prague, I am chairing a session entitled ‘Transnational education strategies: what works, what doesn’t?’ (Thursday, Sept 18, 13:30-14:30). It will discuss above questions and more from the perspective of three panelists who will bring diverse perspectives on TNE:
Robert Coelen, Vice President, Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
Nigel Healey, Pro- Vice Chancellor, Nottingham Trent University, UK
Eugene Sebastian, Director Global Initiatives, Monash University.