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Our reputation as a leading voice in standards and quality across the globe enables us to engage with, and influence, the international HE community. We are frequently invited onto world-wide platforms.


Recent QAA engagements have included keynote speeches at:


  1. UK-PR China Alliance Conference
  2. International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies (INQAAHE) International Conference
  3. Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN) International Conference
  4. Universities UK International (UUKi) Annual TNE Conference
  5. Capacity building workshops organised through the British Council in Azerbaijan, Tunisia, Ukraine and Mexico.

We also featured in the panel discussion at the Partners in Education (PIE) Conference in March talking about how UK transnational provision is quality assured and our new QE-TNE method.


We have engaged extensively with partners in China. This led to the publication of a China Country Report in September 2020 and a webinar in November 2020 for our International Insights Members. We also meet with the Chinese Embassy to discuss challenges and opportunities in online learning and TNE.

Last year, we took part in the AUA Virtual Study Tour of China with colleagues from across the UK HE sector looking at partnerships with China.


We have recently been involved in the Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Australia and have discussions underway with a UK-India Taskforce about Mutual Recognition of Qualifications through the use of credit frameworks and learning outcomes.


We work extensively with the British Council and have undertaken projects in Peru, Ukraine, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Pakistan, Turkey, India, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Jordan.


We also have established partnerships to support QAA’s overseas colleagues with developing new processes and frameworks related to the quality assurance of transnational education (TNE) and online learning. This includes the delivery of a programme of reviewer training to the Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA), one of the Thai quality agencies.


We are working to build relationships with regulatory bodies in countries of strategic interest to UK higher education, including the Education and Training Evaluation Commission (ETEC) and National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA) in Saudi Arabia, and the National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education (NAQAAE) in Egypt.


Earlier this year, we signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), the federal quality assurance agency in United Arab Emirates (UAE), and renewed our MoU with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai. In March, we produced a Country Report which provides an overview of the higher education and regulatory landscape in the UAE, along with high-level information and intelligence about regulations, challenges and opportunities.


Following the publication, we delivered two webinars to support International Insights Members working with institutional partners or delivering TNE in the UAE, as well as those seeking to develop either of these opportunities.

We engaged proactively to involve QAA overseas partners in the consultation for a new method for the enhancement of the quality of UK transnational education -  The Quality Evaluation and Enhancement of UK Transnational Higher Education Provision (QE-TNE), which we launched in May 2021.


QE-TNE is an innovative scheme to help UK degree-awarding bodies improve and enhance the quality of their international provision and gain a competitive advantage on a global scale though continuous improvement, by providing insights into overseas markets, and through shared best practice.