Poster
From a host to an exporter: Malaysia's involvement in TNE 28 Mar 2019 10:30 11:00

Poster
From a host to an exporter: Malaysia's involvement in TNE 28 Mar 2019 10:30 11:00

28-March-2019 / Thursday / 10:30 - 11:00

LOCATION : P30

ABSTRACT:
The private higher education segment spearheads transnational education (TNE) initiatives for Malaysia over the past three decades. The public higher education segment is slow to catch up, preferring to organise conventional mobility programmes and partake in international research collaboration. This landscape is expected to change in the coming years, as it gradually accepts TNE as a natural progression in its internationalisation agenda. This paper describes a case study of a Malaysian public university which attempts to venture into the TNE landscape. The context for discussion is Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), a public research university. This paper presents key drivers and lessons learnt from a period of intensive implementation, which will be of interest to academics and practitioners in TNE. Aside from heavy investments in strategy, marketing, and programme development, the segment also needs to overcome internal inertia, as well as champion policy changes to known and well-established practices. That said, TNE is a good progression for Malaysian public higher education institutions, moving away from the conventional mobility programmes and international research collaboration. Their academic excellence, which have been domestically-centred, can be strengthened abroad through TNE collaborations.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
The Malaysian public higher education segment is a laggard in TNE ventures as compared to its partners in the private sector. However, this landscape is expected to change in the coming years, as it gradually accepts TNE as a natural progression in its internationalisation agenda. TNE is a good progression for Malaysian public higher education institutions, moving away from the conventional mobility programmes and international research collaboration. Their academic excellence, which have been domestically-centred, can be strengthened abroad through TNE collaborations. It is not easy for the Malaysian public higher education segment to venture into TNE. Aside from heavy investments in strategy, marketing, and programme development, it has to overcome internal inertia among faculty members and administrators. TNE ventures are long-term, which requires leadership and commitment from top management of the university. It needs a period of adjustment to get used to the “privateness” of an education export.

AUTHORS:

Ms Angela Pok 
Director (TNE and Strategy) UTMSPACE,
Malaysia

Angela Pok is an experienced Director, Transnational Education and Strategy of UTMSPACE with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. She develops and implements transnational education strategies for the institution to achieve internationalization objectives.