International collaboration is increasingly becoming a means of sharing and building a common agenda among higher education institutions, making higher education one of the most internationalised sectors in the world. Various international strategies have been employed and goals achieved at different levels. For example, transnational education partnerships open up opportunities for local students to get into higher education, improve the overall quality of higher education programmes, and foster international understanding at the national level. At student and institutional level, transnational education is perceived to offer an affordable alternative to studying abroad for the whole programme, enhancing international outlooks and English language skills as well as increasing the capacity to do research together.
The British Council together with the Office of the Higher Education Commission has been supporting the development of higher education partnerships between Thai and UK higher education institutions, particularly transnational education in recent years. This forum shares a wealth of experience, accumulated first-hand by Thai institutions, looking at the obstacles, lessons learnt and the future of higher education partnerships.
“Mutual Benefit is a key success of International Higher Education collaboration. We need to have a long term commitment and trust among partners. International education is not a zero-sum game. It must be a win-win game.”
Assoc. Prof. Nitinant Wisaweisuan, Dean, Pridi Banomyong International College, Thammasat University
- To offer knowledge and experience sharing as well as networking opportunities between Thai and UK universities to further strengthen the delivery of transnational education
- To discuss the challenges faced in the development and delivery of transnational education and other higher education partnership programmes as well as the way forward
- To create an enabling environment for UK and Thailand to thrive in higher education partnerships
“Today, it is important for Thai education to transform itself from learn-to-know or learn-to-remember to learn-to-be or to learn-to-get own character. A lack of experience on this transition could be tackled by partnering together."
Assoc. Prof. Bundit Thipakorn, Vice President for Education Development, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi