2.3.1. Effective TNE affiliations and the future TNE potential for Australia

Date:  Thursday 8 October
Time: 1:00PM - 2:15PM
Location: P1

Session Type: Thematic session

Chair: A. Prof. Linda Taylor, Pro Vice-Chancellor International, Western Sydney University (Australia)

Effective TNE affiliations used to assure quality in higher education institutions: experiences from Oman (1056)

Transnational education models of cross-border education involve sending and receiving countries. This will presentation identify key attributes that sending country institutions need to consider when establishing and managing successful TNE affiliations with higher education institutions in receiving countries. It will do this by looking at the experience of institutions in Oman, where colleges and university colleges are required, by legislation, to have an affiliation agreement with an international institution to quality assure their activity. The Oman Academic Accreditation Authority is the government body responsible for the accreditation of institutions and programs. As part of this process, quality audits (which include TNE affiliations in the scope) were conducted on 55 institutions from 2008-14. An analysis of the audit reports shows that quality assurance is most effective when the TNE affiliate is the awarding body of the qualification and, among several other factors, has a clear strategic motivation for the affiliation.

Key interest area (KIA): TNE
Sector(s): HE

A. Prof. Debbie Clayton, Director and Consultant, Clayton International, Australia