Transnational Education 2.0: the Next Generation


Transnational Education (TNE) in the past 20 years has emerged as a prime mode of international higher education.

This period of rapid growth in TNE activity has been driven by a shortage in supply of higher education (HE) in offshore markets. As this supply-demand gap starts to shrink – and offshore markets become more condensed –exporting institutions need to find ways to diversify their TNE operations.

So far, the prime focus of exporting institutions has been to replicate the home campus learning experience in their offshore partnerships. This replica model has been subject to criticism, primarily for its failure to recognise the impact of cultural and education factors affecting student experience across different countries.

At the same time, the prevailing views of the student as customer and of quality as value for money impose additional pressures on TNE exporting and importing institutions to balance between educational outcomes and student satisfaction.

The webinar will explore TNE 2.0: the next generation of TNE. It will examine a range of questions, including:

  • How technology (and the role of virtual reality) can facilitate new models of TNE?‚Äč
  • How exporting institutions can differentiate their TNE provision via curriculum development?
  • How to align educational quality (e.g. learning outcomes) and service quality (e.g. student satisfaction) in a cross-border context?

Dr Vangelis Tsiligiris

Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University (UK)

Vangelis has over 12 years experience in TNE. He has developed and managed a substantial portfolio of TNE partnerships with three UK universities and one with the Czech Republic. The latter was the first TNE project of its kind for the Czech Republic.

He has acted as a consultant to the Greek Ministry of Education and the Conservative Party, and also delivered a white paper on how to utilise strategic TNE partnerships as a means of promoting economic growth in Greece. His research activity is in the areas of transnational education, with a focus on student experience, quality management and strategic development.

In 2014 he authored a report for the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE) investigating the connection between transnational education and international student mobility.

Vangelis has also contributed as a commentator and keynote speaker on UK TNE for a number of events (e.g. Going Global, Council of Validating Universities) and media outlets (e.g. BBC radio, The Guardian, Times Higher Education).

In his current role, he is pursuing an initiative to develop a TNE research hub in the Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University.

Target audience

This webinar is aimed at professional and academic staff involved in the provision and development of transnational programs.

In particular, it will be of interest to staff involved in new models of transnational education, online or blended delivery, curriculum and/or quality development.


This webinar will provide participants with a theoretical and practical overview of new and emerging approaches in TNE. These approaches encompass three key aspects:

  • Technology
  • Curriculum development
  • Quality management.

Participants with gain practical and theoretical knowledge on:

  • Technological solutions that can support new models of TNE
  • Flipped TNE as way to enhance curriculum development and student attainment
  • A prospective quality management approach to align educational and service quality in a cross-border context.

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Registrations Open: 23rd Dec 15 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 16th Feb 16 11:59 PM


Wednesday 17 February 2016

Time: 4.00pm - 5.00pm AEDT
Venue: Webinar (Online)

Free for IEAA members
$100 non-IEAA members

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