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Higher education has become a major global industry. The most striking dimension of this internationalisation has been the rise in the number of students studying at universities outside their own country. The equally rapid increase in the number of students studying for a foreign degree without leaving their home country has, however, attracted less attention. UNESCO defines this form of transnational education (TNE) as ‘all types of higher education study programmes, sets of study courses, or educational services (including those of distance education) in which the learners are located in a country different from the one where the awarding institution is based’. For some countries, notably the UK, there are now more foreign students studying for awards offshore than studying on-campus in the UK. This presentation provides an overview of the types of TNE activity and discusses the broad trends and developments in this rapidly evolving, and largely unregulated, international market.
QS Asia-Pacific Professional Leaders in Education (QS-APPLE) 8th Annual Conference, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia, November 2012