Future International Higher Education Cooperation

Research and Academic Relations Policy Using the Example of Transnational Education (TNE)

Higher education institutions are confronted with a complexity of tasks and contexts or framework conditions which they must manage and classify. The internationalisation of higher education institutions (HEI) provides the opportunity to work with new partners in teaching, research and transfer. At the same time, competition for German HEIs in the global science market is increasing.1 As internationalisation continues to increase, discourses on academic freedom and migration processes are also coming to the fore. Furthermore, the current digital transformation of society as a whole is also affecting scientific organisations in all areas of performance. Against the background of these profound global upheavals, the study explores the question of how future international higher education co-operation should be developed and what contribution transnational education (TNE) in particular can make to this. The study is based on a review of the literature and numerous interviews with experts. In addition, the author attended international conferences that dealt with individual aspects of the study, e.g. digitalisation in the internationalisation of German HEIs. The central finding of the study is that TNE in Germany has the potential to establish long-term, stable international HEI partnerships and is therefore a key component of Germany’s sustainable research and academic relations.