Leading, but in which direction? Comparing emerging models for transnational education partnerships in the US, UK and Australia


International partnerships are the lifeblood of higher education, ensuring that our universities remain connected and relevant in a rapidly changing world. They are also expensive and time-consuming to establish, with return on investment difficult to measure. Transnational education is perhaps the most important and difficult area to evaluate for future potential. The demand for overseas delivery is theoretically tremendous and growing, but many providers have so far struggled to achieve sustainability. As we witness the decline of the branch campus era, what models of TNE partnerships are thriving or emerging? Gathered through quantitative research and interviews with sector leaders, this analysis will cover global demand for TNE and profiles of innovative approaches to partnership in the three leading study destinations.

Learning objectives

This presentation will inform higher education professionals about changes in the global TNE landscape and introduce emerging approaches to partnership.

Matt Durnin, British Council

Global Head of Insights and Consultancy

British Council

Specialising in the economics of education, Matt Durnin works with analysts across the globe to provide UK clients with the data, analysis and insights required to succeed in a rapidly changing education sector. In his time at the British Council he has helped UK institutions to develop their international strategies and identify new partnerships and growth opportunities in transnational education. Before joining the British Council, Matt worked as a research consultant delivering in-depth analysis on a broad range of topics and industries in China and East Asia. He has also held the posts of Associate Editor and Visiting Researcher at a US policy journal and think tank, where his work focused on China’s foreign policy and technological innovation in the space and defence industries. His research and writing have been published by ‘The Wall Street Journal’, the BBC, ‘The Journal of Strategic Studies’, the National Bureau of Asian Research, and the ‘Naval War College Review’.