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Graduate outcomes in UK transnational higher education: a case study of the United Arab Emirates

22 March 2022, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

Crowd of Graduates. Pixaby.

Join this panel discussion which is looking at the impact of UK transnational higher education (TNE) on graduates.

This event is free.

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Carly Brownbridge

The unprecedented scale and rate of growth of UK TNE is well established. In 2019-20, 156 UK universities – more than ever before – delivered TNE courses to over 450,000 students in 225 countries and territories worldwide. However, the impact that UK TNE makes on its graduates and on the contexts in which it operates is relatively less well understood, highlighting a considerable gap in our knowledge of whether and how TNE is transforming graduates’ lives.

What is the impact of a UK TNE degree on graduate employability and career progression? What skills and knowledge does a UK TNE degree course equip graduates with for working and thriving in a globalising economy? How do their experiences shape their identities, inform international mobilities, and establish links with the UK?

In this webinar, the panel will explain one attempt at addressing these questions in the context of UK TNE graduates in the United Arab Emirates, a global hotspot for TNE provision and popular destination for students.

The study, which was commissioned by Universities UK International, identifies the common experiences of UK TNE graduates in their transition from education to employment and their application of specialist skills and knowledge to the spaces where they work and live, both in the UAE and abroad. The seminar will explore some of the key findings of the study and their implications for the continuing expansion of TNE globally.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in higher education, transnational higher education.

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About the Speakers

Lee Rensimer

Research Fellow at IOE, UCL

Lee’s research background bridges international (higher) education and development, with critical interest in internationalisation, transnational education, and non-state actors in education. 

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Golo Henseke

Applied Economist at IOE, UCL

His research cuts across multiple themes in labour and education economics. It focuses on illuminating patterns and determinants of heterogeneity in graduate outcomes in the labour market and beyond, examines the role of school quality on job outcomes over the lifecycle and analysis the relation of job quality with workers' health and wellbeing.

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Katariina Jussola

Assistant Professor at Ajman University

Her research focuses on nation branding and on interdisciplinary research on management education and internationalization of higher education and education policy.

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Tristan McCowan

Professor of International Education at IOE, UCL

His research covers areas of access to, quality of and equity in higher education, and relates to a broad range of contexts, particularly in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently conducting multi-country research projects focusing on higher education pedagogy, graduate destinations and the public good in Africa.

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