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QAA announces quality enhancement review of UK transnational education provision in Egypt, Germany and the United Arab Emirates

Date: March 11 - 2021
QAA has published the new handbook for the enhancement of the quality of UK transnational education (TNE). Commissioned by Universities UK (UUK) and GuildHE in July 2020 to develop the approach to TNE enhancement (QE-TNE), the handbook has been shaped following a series of consultations with stakeholders in the higher education sector in the UK and worldwide.

QAA is also pleased to confirm that the three countries participating in the QE-TNE programme for the 2021-22 academic year will be the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Germany. These countries have been selected based on a range of criteria stipulated in the new handbook including factors such as the existing strong links they have with UK universities, as well as the size or growth of their higher education systems.  

Fundamental to the new method is collaboration between QAA and local higher education bodies. The approach to the quality evaluation and enhancement of UK TNE provision outlined in the handbook applies to all degree-awarding bodies across the UK on a voluntary basis and operates over the academic years 2021-22 to 2025-26. The method maintains a UK-wide approach to the quality enhancement of TNE and supports the UK Government’s International Education Strategy, which seeks to grow the opportunity and support available to UK TNE as a key UK export. 

Douglas Blackstock, Chief Executive of QAA, said: 'I am delighted that the model for the quality enhancement of TNE has been welcomed by the UK higher education sector and our international partners. TNE is of huge strategic importance to UK higher education institutions and to the students that benefit from it. QAA looks forward to working with our long-standing partners in Egypt, Germany and the United Arab Emirates in the coming years as we work to further enhance UK TNE provision in these countries.'

Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International, said: 'We are glad to see the publication of the QE-TNE handbook, which demonstrates a commitment both to strengthening the quality of UK transnational education and to safeguarding confidence in the countries which host it.'

David Llewellyn, Chair of GuildHE and Vice-Chancellor of Harper Adams University, said: 'UK higher education is delivered across the globe and has an international reputation for excellence. The launch of QAA’s new TNE quality enhancement handbook will allow providers of higher education to develop this reputation as we all seek to safeguard and enhance the quality of UK teaching and learning delivered abroad.'

The Quality Evaluation and Enhancement of UK Transnational Higher Education (TNE) Provision 2021-22 to 2025-26

Publication date: 29 Nov 2022