35 university leaders and managers from private and public universities in Bahrain came together for two days to discuss about the Transnational Education in a workshop organised by the British Council. The workshop took place at the Mercure Hotel and was facilitated by Academic Consultant Professor Bob Munn.
The first day started with welcome speeches from the Higher Education Council Secretary General Professor Riyadh Hamza and the British Council Director Mark Crossey where they both highlighted the importance of the Transnational Education for the students, the institutions as well as the awarding institutions. The role of the British Council was highlighted as a well-established organisation that helps promoting high standard education and creating educational opportunities.
Professor Munn was able to discuss the nature of the Transnational Education and how to create a partnership and reach an agreement within the broader environment of internationalization looking at the possible UK partners. He also discussed with the attendees the possible ways to manage cultural differences, cultural sensitivity and different expectations from the students’ side. In order to maintain the quality of the education; the presenter reviewed the UK quality code and the indicators of the quality in the Transnational Education. Finally; they looked at the students prospective and expectations and how to look ahead and move forward for the best Transnational Education experience.
The Dean of Humanities in Bahrain Polytechnic, Dr Sajida Tabbara commented:” The British Council always provides us with different workshops that are directly linked to our work. Talking about the Transnational Education is not an alien concept to Polytechnic, we have several links with lots of universities; however, the most important value of this workshop is the degree of tiny details and the important issues to look at when we sign agreement with the partner. The speaker also highlighted the students’ responsibilities and their rights which were usually overlooked in partnerships agreements.”