Innovation in TNE ‘boosts’ Australia’s reputation as world leader in education

The annual forum, organized by the International Education Association of Australia, saw a large turnout of delegates and speakers from Australia and around the world, as they delved into current issues and challenges in transnational education.

Speaking on behalf of the Australian Department of Education, Sophie Fisher, Director of Policy and Collaboration, highlighted the importance of TNE to Australia in the broad areas of supporting the country’s skills shortages, engagement with the region and key partner countries and strengthening Australia. reputation.

“The first trips by the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and other members of government have really shown that our region is increasingly important to Australia,” Fisher said, reiterating the government’s commitment to NET.

“TNE is an important way to build these people-to-people connections and support Australia’s international engagement.”

She also highlighted multilateral and bilateral commitments regarding “recognition of best practice qualifications”, highlighting the Australia-India Qualifications Recognition Framework, and Comprehensive and progressive agreement between Australia and Vietnam for a trans-Pacific partnership as concrete examples.

“As we grow, we diversify and use innovative TNE models, it reinforces Australia’s reputation as a world leader in education,” she said.

A key lesson from Covid-19 has been to identify the positive student experience both abroad and abroad, Fisher noted, adding, “It is important that we provide quality education, whatever whatever the delivery model.

International Education Special Project Manager at Austrade, Eliza Chui, while highlighting key aspects of Austrade’s TNE Pathway partnership project, mentioned that the demand for international education has “not diminished” despite the setbacks of the last two and a half years, but rather he was “growing up”.

“China has 400 to 500 million [strong] middle class, India with a middle class of 70 million, Indonesia with a middle class of 50 million and Vietnam which would have a middle class of over 36 million by 2030 – these are the people who would send their children study abroad, for a better future”, she postulated.

“India presents a significant opportunity for TNE”

“People’s perception has changed and [students] are ready to embrace new models, particularly if they are more cost effective,” she said of online delivery, as Australia shifted from “online urgency to online quality. line “.

Australian trade envoys to India and Indonesia also shared their views.

“India presents a significant opportunity for TNE,” said Monica Kennedy, Senior Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Austrade, Mumbai.

“There is an abundance of talent here and we are working very hard with the Home Office and the Department of Education to ensure that we send the right messages to students, so that our institutions in Australia receive the very first quality [of students] it is available here.

“With India, there is an incredible alignment of stars,” she said, noting the two countries’ growing interest in collaborating.

“The abundance of young talent and ambition is something very tangible here in India,” noted Kennedy.

Rod Commerford, Australian Trade and Investment Commissioner in Jakarta, told the gathering that the recent Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between Indonesia and Australia ensures that VET providers “can own up to 67% of investments in Indonesia”.

“It also locks in future liberalization for Australian universities looking to locate in Indonesia,” he said.

He recalled that since the regulatory changes in 2018, foreign universities are allowed to set up campuses in Indonesia.

“It’s great to see that the first to do so is an Australian university in Monash, which opened its campus late last year. There is also interest from universities in Europe and the United States who are currently exploring their opportunities in Indonesia,” he noted.

There are “a number of big Indonesian tech unicorns looking to Australia for talent and this presents a real opportunity for partnerships,” Commerford continued.

He said that going forward there was a “real opportunity for growth in TNE” with Indonesia, despite it being a very “price sensitive” market.

Fiona Letos, Director, International Education and Study Melbourne within Global Victoria explained how the Victorian Government is working with education providers and education technology companies to exploit opportunities in key international markets, through its 23 trade and investment offices in the world.

Victoria is the only study destination ‘in Australia and globally’ that has ‘provided large-scale government-supported study centres’, she said – including in Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City, in addition to hybrid centers across Southeast Asia.

“We recognize that the future of TNE is about flexibility, choice and adapting to changing student preferences,” she told delegates.

“So we are really looking at continuing to provide programs and support to Victorian vendors and edtech companies, which enable [them] be adaptable, act quickly and seize these opportunities in foreign markets.

“There are many more students who need access to a good quality international education, who may not want to come to our countries”

This year marked the first time in three years that the annual forum was held in person.

“The pandemic has taught us that the world is much smaller and there are many more students who need access to good quality international education, who may not want to come to our countries, so we have to go to them, Caryn Nery, from the IAEA TNE Network Manager and Director of TNE Partnerships at the University of Victoria, highlighted.

“There are more communities to serve, there are more industries to engage with, and more outcomes for our graduates that we need to think about,” she concluded.