QAA has launched a consultation on the method for quality assessing UK transnational education (TNE). TNE Review applies to all UK degree-awarding bodies offering higher education qualifications delivered entirely, or in part, overseas.
The new TNE Review method is being introduced as part of the revised operating model for quality assessment. The UK's higher education funding bodies have contracted QAA to continue to undertake in-country reviews of UK TNE.
QAA's Director of Nations and International, Rowena Pelik, said: 'We will continue to provide assurance, for the public, students, overseas partners, funders and governments, that students studying for a UK qualification overseas receive a high-quality academic experience at the standard expected of UK higher education qualifications.
'The new approach builds on two decades' of QAA experience protecting the interests of students on UK programmes, wherever in the world they are studying, and making sure that UK higher education maintains its global reputation for excellence.
'TNE is a crucial component for most universities, ranging from courses delivered on branch campuses through collaborative partnerships to distance learning. The review method we're proposing takes into account the diversity of both UK provision and overseas regulatory systems.'
Susan Lapworth, HEFCE's Director, Regulation and Assurance, said: 'The new approach to TNE Review will provide visible and authoritative assurance to the funding bodies, international governments, agencies, partner bodies and students about the high quality of UK higher education wherever it is delivered.
'The proposed approach will support the funding bodies in increasing strategic engagement with governments and agencies in countries where UK providers are active, in order to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of TNE Review.
'It forms part of the wider revised quality assessment arrangements, set out in the revised operating model, which are underpinned by the principle that a provider remains fully responsible for degree standards, student outcomes, and for the quality of the student academic experience, wherever its students are based and however they study.'
'We look forward to hearing from all those with an interest in TNE.'
The consultation on the new arrangements, which runs from 23 November 2016 to 23 December 2016, offers an opportunity to comment on proposals for TNE Review as laid out in the new TNE Review Handbook.