The purpose of this Handbook is to state the aims of TNE Review, set out the underlying approach, and give guidance to providers taking part in, and preparing for, TNE Review.
Transnational education (TNE) - higher education delivered overseas - is an integral and expanding part of UK higher education provision. Over 80
We review UK TNE as part of its mission to safeguard standards and improve the quality of UK higher education wherever it is delivered. In addition to looking at TNE through institutional reviews in the UK, we have developed a complementary TNE review process that includes visits to overseas delivery sites.
TNE reviews have traditionally been carried out on a country-by-country basis, to ensure the most efficient use of resources given the geographical spread and growing scale of UK TNE. Each year, a country with significant UK provision is selected.
A country-based approach also allows us to gain an in-depth understanding of the specific features and challenges involved in operating in particular countries, and to establish stronger links with the host country quality assurance bodies. This understanding and intelligence can then be passed on to the UK higher education sector.
We regularly liaise with host country agencies to facilitate information sharing, to cooperate in quality assurance activities to avoid unnecessary duplication, and to lessen the burden on UK higher education providers.
TNE Review is the process through which QAA, on behalf of Universities UK and GuildHE and in the interests of UK higher education, contributes to safeguarding and improving the academic quality and standards of UK higher education delivered overseas. By reviewing UK TNE, we provide assurance to governments, relevant bodies and students in host countries, as well as opportunities to increase mutual understanding and trust.
This review method focuses on the following aspects:
TNE Review adopts a country-based approach, and allows for flexibility to take into account the different operating environments in which TNE is offered. It has been designed by consideration of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).