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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

In-country reviews of UK transnational education (TNE) provision in Ireland, Hong Kong and Malaysia

Date 21/02/2017

The Republic of Ireland, Hong Kong and Malaysia have been selected for the next three years of in-country reviews under the newly developed TNE Review method. These reviews will support the strategic development of TNE by UK providers, taking into account the strategic importance for UK TNE, and the interests of host country quality assurance bodies in the UK provision within their jurisdiction.

TNE is a significant area of provision and growth for many UK higher education providers. In 2015-16 around 700,000 students worldwide were studying offshore towards a UK higher education programme, and over 80 per cent of all UK degree-awarding bodies are engaged in some form in TNE.

The UK's higher education funding bodies - the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Department for the Economy Northern Ireland, the Scottish Funding Council, and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales - have contracted QAA to continue to undertake in-country reviews of UK TNE.

TNE Review has been developed as part of the new operating model for quality assessment in England and Northern Ireland, and forms part of the Quality Assessment Framework for Wales and the Enhancement-led Institutional Review process in Scotland (links open in new windows). It will help ensure that UK TNE students can continue to be confident that they are accessing an education that meets the same expectations for quality and standards as those studying in the UK.

A handbook for TNE Review, developed in consultation with the higher education sector, is now available. Higher education providers will soon be notified about the timeline for TNE Review in the Republic of Ireland, starting with a survey of UK TNE provision in the country.