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Transnational education (TNE) encompasses all types of higher education study programs, sets of study courses, or educational services in which the learners are located in a country different from the one where the awarding institution is based (Council of Europe, 2002). Transnational Educational Institutions (TNEs) engage students who seek international education and career advancement without having to leave their region or home country.

TNE activities have expanded significantly over the past 20 years due in part to the advancement of eLearning modalities and the growth of global partnership activities in higher education. In addition, there are several push and pull forces (such as affordability, status of a foreign institutions, and perceived quality), that are contributing to the growth of student participation in TNE.

Transnational education often occurs through partnerships. These partnerships exist in multiple arrangements including branch campuses, franchise approaches, joint degree, and dual degree programs, twinning, and distance delivery. While there is a growing trend for universities to pursue TNE initiatives through partnerships, many of these arrangements fail for a number of reasons. First these partnerships are

ineffectively implemented. Secondly, partners often overlook the changing boundaries and arrangements. Third, partners are not fully accounting for the myriad of stakeholder motives and needs (Nottingham Trent University, 2014).

Clearly more needs to be known about the conditions necessary to successfully establish TNE partnerships and programs. This poster will explore the different TNE models, identify the challenges and opportunities of each model, and recommend critical and variable attributes for a successful TNE partnership in higher education. The authors will also discuss the implications of their findings for future research.

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Going Global: Transnational Education Partnership Models- Challenges and Opportunities