UPP co-hosted the third in a series of four sector-led roundtables on transnational education (TNE) on Thursday 21st April. The roundtables are jointly hosted with HEGlobal – a British Council and International Unit initiative, which aims to empower UK universities in their TNE activities. The partnership between HEGlobal and UPP brings together senior decision makers to discuss and debate the big issues that universities face when developing and implementing their international strategies.
Shamit Saggar, Chairman of UPP, led the discussion on ‘Establishing a campus presence’. He was joined by two speakers; Sarah Jones, a Director at higher education consultants Cushman & Wakefield and Carolyn Campbell, a Senior Consultant at the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education.
The roundtable brought together sector leaders to discuss and debate the difficulties of establishing a campus presence overseas, the challenges higher education institutions can face when exploring TNE opportunities, and the rewards they can reap.
Shamit Saggar commented on the discussion saying, “TNE presents an incredibly exciting opportunity for the higher education sector but it is important that leaders in the sector establish and share best practice and work together to overcome potential risks. These roundtables offer the perfect opportunity for UPP, in our role as a partner to the sector, to engage in these important discussions and contribute to the debate. Establishing a campus presence overseas can be challenging, but, by coming together and considering strategies for offsetting risk, the rewards to students, staff, and the higher education sector more generally can be excellent."
The next roundtable in this series will take place at the UPP offices in May and will consider how Universities can protect their reputations and manage risk when working overseas.