United Arab Emirates on course to become a hub for higher education.

The Middle East is of increasing interest to Transnational Education (TNE) researchers and yet there is little concrete data as to activity, motivation and strategic direction. The UAE has demonstrated a clear drive to develop its transnational education provision and has attracted significant foreign providers in this regard. As the UAE seeks to develop sustainable models to higher education and encourage innovation, the role of Transnational Education will be vital for this outcome. The high levels of unemployment in the Arab World and the need to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to the job market places TNE firmly within the debate of the future of higher education and its value to students, employers and nations.

Dr Hill will present findings from a recent research project, mapping TNE in the UAE (programmes, structures and partnerships) with a view to providing a comprehensive and analytical review of current practice; a reference point for development and an opportunity for policy discussion. The findings, drawn from surveys and interviews with TNE providers across the UAE, provide an in-depth understanding of current motivations and future trends. Dr Hill will relate the UAE findings to the wider GCC context, in order to highlight the role and value of TNE to this region.

Speaker: Dr Christopher Hill, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Director Doctoral Training Centre, The British University in Dubai

Respondent: Dr Fion Lim, Educational Quality Coordinator, Transnational Education & External Delivery, Victoria University

Chair: Professor Christopher Ziguras, Social and Global Studies Centre, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT

About the speaker

Dr Hill has worked in the field of international higher education for the past decade and has extensive experience with the branch campus model in both Asia and the Middle East.

Dr Hill is an OBHE Associate and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2012, Dr Hill was awarded a U21 Teaching and Learning Network Fellowship to research internationalisation and global citizenry and the World Education Congress Education Leadership Award in 2015. Dr Hill’s research interests include transnational education and its impact on national systems, the role of online learning and the development of international education and the student experience in the global arena. He has worked on international education projects in the UK, Tanzania, Ghana, China, Malaysia, Pakistan and the Philippines has worked with universities to develop PhD supervisors and research capacity in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Thailand and with the British Council in Taiwan to support internationalization of teaching and learning at key institutions.

Dr Hill hosts the Think Education podcast that provides a platform for reflection and discussion on research practice and teaching and learning within higher education.

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Megaflex 64
Level 6, Room 64
Building 10
376 Swanston Street
RMIT University
CBD Campus
Melbourne 3000


29 June 2018


Everyone is welcome to attend. The event is free.