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In the first of a new series, the HEA chief executive talks through the key development priorities for HEIs and the sector at large
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Looking to the future, what do you think the key challenges will be in learning and teaching in the next decade?
There certainly needs to be a continuing focus on international students and transnational education. Around a fifth of the 2.5 million students in the UK are from overseas. They bring a wealth of diverse experience and opinion to the learning environment that benefits staff and other students, and the challenge is to make sure that all students receive an excellent learning and teaching experience.
We know from our Teaching International Students project with the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) that international students have concerns around unclear expectations, assessment and participation, among other areas, and as a sector we need to make sure that we address these.
Transnational education is growing, with universities 'globalising' by opening overseas branches. With the new fee regime, many European universities are cheaper than those in the UK, and some students are opting to study abroad
My concern is whether the quality of learning and teaching is consistent and excellent. The HEA is developing links with countries such as Malaysia and Thailand to explore quality enhancement, including an examination of whether the UKPSF model can be adapted to use internationally. We look forward to working with the sector to address these challenges.
> I am going to talk about a contextualised model of T&L quality in TNE in the forthcoming Going Global 2013.
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