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Transnational Education (TNE) Quality Benchmark


Transnational education

All types of higher education study programmes, or sets of courses of study, or educational services (including those of distance education) in which the learners are located in a country different from the one where the awarding institution is based. (UNESCO/Council of Europe 2001)

TNE Quality Benchmark (TNE QB) is the UK NARIC review process through which awarding institutions can offer external and independent reassurance that their TNE operations have the capacity to offer TNE provision that:

  • are of comparable standards to those of similar provision it offers in its home country (or across its delivery model for online learning);
  • provide a learning experience that ensures the achievement of the expected learning outcomes;
  • take into account the education, training and skills needs of the location of delivery.

TNE QB serves the primary purpose of improving international understanding of and confidence in TNE qualifications, with a view to facilitating the international recognition of TNE qualifications. It ultimately aims to support the global mobility of TNE students for employment or further study, and the growth of quality and relevant TNE provision.

TNE QB will inform, and be informed by, UK NARIC’s broader strategic engagement with national authorities, regulators, qualifications recognition bodies, networks, and other TNE stakeholders internationally, aimed at improving the recognition climate for TNE of demonstrated quality and standards.