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Quality Assurance Agency for higher education. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales number 3344784. Registered office Southgate House, Southgate Street, Gloucester GL1 1UB

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quality assurance agency for higher education

Quality Assurance Agency for higher education

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales number 3344784.

Registered office Southgate House, Southgate Street, Gloucester GL1 1UB

Registered charity numbers 1062746 and SC037786

welcome and introductions
Welcome and introductions

Carolyn Campbell

Head of Networks and Partnerships

Research, Development and Partnerships Group

Jane Holt

Assistant Director, Reviews Group

qaa s tne strategy

QAA’s TNE strategy

The aim of the TNE strategy is to support and develop the quality, and secure and maintain the academic standards of the UK’s TNE provision.

tne strategy the why
TNE strategy: the why

Intended outcomes in relation to UK TNE

  • Standards and quality are comparable with equivalent UK-based education
  • UK HE institutions are recognised as reliable and trustworthy providers
  • QAA is a recognised authority on quality assurance
  • Reliable information about standards and quality is easily available
tne strategy the how
TNE strategy: the how

Objectives for QAA in relation to quality assurance of TNE

  • to be a locus for consultation with all relevant UK bodies
  • to have an input to relevant government MoUs
  • to enter into MoUs with relevant overseas agencies
  • to become a repository of good practice
  • to gather intelligence on relevant regulations
  • to develop appropriate quality assurance processes
tne review china

TNE review, China

QAA is embarking on a review of higher education in mainland China where the awarding body is a UK HE institution; this is also known as transnational education, or TNE.

china 2006
China 2006
  • 10 UK universities
  • 3 audit teams
    • 3 China auditors
    • 2 UK auditors
    • 1 audit secretary
    • 1 QAA officer
  • UK visit + China visit
  • First overview report
evolution
Evolution

Evolution of TNE

  • UK TNE has expanded worldwide
  • Overseas governments
    • take a greater interest
    • seek cooperation

Evolution of QAA approach

  • Overview report has developed further
  • Introduction of case studies (India 2009)
current approach
Current approach

Needs

  • Broad coverage
  • Higher profile in overseas country
  • Cost-effectiveness

Solutions

  • Survey + desk-based study
  • Overseas visit
  • Limited UK visits + smaller teams
survey
Survey

Scope

  • All institutions surveyed in May 2011 (168 in total)
  • Response rate 98%
  • 66 institutions currently active in China
  • 4 institutions being chased up

TNE categories

  • A Branch campus
  • B Partnership
  • C Distance learning (FDL)
tne categories in full
TNE categories in full

A Branch campus

B Partnership

C FDL

B1 students on UK award from start

B2 students articulate to UK award

C1 students study on their own

C2 students study with support centre

desk based study
Desk-based study

Target

Basis

Process

When

All HE institutions with significant TNE in China

Standard information set (extant)

Overview on activity from institution

UK-based

No visit to institution unless issues emerge

Request for information set summer 2011

Institutions prepare information autumn 2011

QAA analyses information spring 2012

china visits
China visits

Preliminary visit July 2011

  • Discussions with Chinese government authorities

Main visit November 2012

  • Visits by QAA team to 20 links (approx)
  • Links to be selected based on survey results
  • Long list to be announced autumn 2011
output
Output

Overview report

  • based on survey
  • desk-based studies
  • China visit

Review reports

  • selected links

Case studies

  • selected links
quality assurance agency for higher education15

Quality Assurance Agency for higher education

c.campbell@qaa.ac.uk

j.holt@qaa.ac.uk

jane s crib

Jane’s Crib

TNE review, China

In relation to TNE strategy

In relation to IRENI and cp variant