Session 2 – TNE in the Netherlands, UK and Germany: An update of research and practice

‘Exploring the impact of TNE – British Council research’

Kevin van Cauter, Senior Higher Education Adviser, British Council

the British Council’s work in higher education internationalisation, both in the UK and internationally. He advises on Higher Education Policy, specialising in the areas of Transnational Education (TNE) and partnerships. For over a decade Kevin has been regularly asked to author articles on UK TNE and student mobility and has presented at conferences on the subject all over the world.  His most recent research (as commissioning editor) is the Impact of Transnational Education on Host countries (published March 2014) and Transnational Education Data collection systems: Awareness, Analysis and Action (2015).

‘National Frameworks for Transnational Education: Evidence from 26 Countries’

Dr Janet Ilieva, Founder and Director, Education Insight

Janet is founder and director of Education Insight, a research consultancy specialising in the area of international higher education.

Janet started her career as a university lecturer before joining the British Council in 2004, to lead the department’s work for higher education research and market intelligence. Janet joined the Higher Education Funding Council for England in May 2012 as head of the HEFCE Observatory. There, she published on international student demand for higher education in England with a strong focus on transnational education. Her most recent research was for the British Council and it explored the regulatory environment for internationalisation of higher education across 26 countries. Janet is a member of the Research Committee of the International Education Association of Australia and a board member of the Journal of International Students (US).

‘TNE research and practice in the Netherlands’

Dr Rosa Becker, Senior Researcher & Policy Advisor, EP-Nuffic

Rosa Becker is a senior researcher and policy advisor at EP-Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation of education. She has done advisory work on strategic HE and internationalisation policies for ministries of education in the Netherlands, the U.K. and Taiwan, and for Dutch HE institutions. Previously, Rosa held research positions at the Institute of Education University of London and the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education. Rosa has a PhD in comparative higher education from the Institute of Education University of London. TNE remains one of her main research interests.

‘Strategic development of TNE at national level: The case of Germany’

Dr Stephan Geifes, Head of Division Transnational Education and Cooperation Programmes, DAAD

Stephan Geifes, born in Germany in 1968, has been Head of Division “Higher Education Projects Abroad” within the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Bonn since 2013. Prior to his present position, he was Director of the Paris office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from 2001 to 2005, Secretary General of the Franco-German University from 2005 to 2008 and Scientific coordinator at the German Historical Institut of Paris from 2008 to 2012.  Stephan Geifes studied History, Sociology, Roman languages and Political Sciences at the University of Bielefeld (Germany), the Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris) and at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP, Paris). After earning a Master’s degree in History from the University of Bielefeld in 1996, he continued his studies at MPA level at the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA, Paris) from 1997 to 1999. In 2012 he finished his PhD in History at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany). He has published on international higher education exchanges, with particular focus on relations between France and Germany.