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Higher Education

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what information his Department holds on the work of British higher education institutions in promoting transnational educational partnerships; and if he will make a statement. (247755)

Transnational education—the delivery of the courses and qualifications of one country in another one—brings great benefit to the individual higher education institutions (HEIs) involved as well as to the country as a whole. It makes a major contribution to the high reputation enjoyed by UK higher education in other parts of the world. The overall value of transnational higher education to the UK is estimated to be some £200 million per annum. A recent study commissioned by the Department and published by Sheffield Hallam University in May 2008 found that our institutions are well-engaged in making their high quality programmes and expertise available in other countries. The report, entitled “Transnational education and higher education institutions: exploring patterns of HE institutional activity”, is available on the research and analysis pages of the Department’s website. As part of the second phase of the Prime Minister’s Initiative for international education (PMI2), £4 million has been allocated in 2007-08 to supporting HEIs in developing international partnerships and expanding their successful transnational education strategies to further improve the visibility of UK higher education on the international stage. Some 189 projects are being supported which involve UK HE institutions collaborating with institutions overseas.