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GÉANT Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are established under the auspices of GÉANT in order to create an open forum where experts from its community exchange information, knowledge, ideas and best practices about specific technical or other areas of business relevant to the research and education networking community.

The GÉANT SIG–TNE is a forum for interchanging knowledge and experiences on Transnational Education (TNE).

Transnational Education (TNE) is an area of significant growth across the globe, providing education developed in one country and delivered in another. Whilst the principles and reasons for engaging in TNE tend to be relatively consistent, the area presents many challenges including variance of national education systems and the changing political climate, the diverse models of TNE delivery and fundamentally, the technology to support and access such education systems between both sending and receiving countries.

The main aims of the SIG-TNE:

  • To provide a forum for gathering and exchanging experiences, ideas and knowledge on supporting transnational education nationally;

  • To identify and address common challenges in supporting TNE, such as the development of sustainable business models, overseas licensing and communication issues;
  • To identify and develop services and service packages to support TNE globally;
  • To develop a best practice guide which helps all participants in TNE from the perspectives of the host country, the ‘sending’ country, the developing NREN and the host academic institution (university, college etc)
  • To provide a persuasive body of evidence for those NRENs developing support for their country to enable decision makers to resource technological support effectively; and
  • To harmonise country approaches (e.g. policy for connectivity) and NREN collaboration to ‘ease’ the delivery of TNE globally.

The achievements and KPIs for the first year

Planned achievementsKPIsDue Date
TNE SIG developed critical mass and NRENs aware of presence with focus and objectives communicated15 NRENs ‘signed up’ to participate in SIGJuly 2017
Prioritised TNE SIG work plan and resource commitment for 2017-19Work plan with NREN leads identifiedJuly 2017
Understand national TNE data and gaps, and national policies for connection 

‘Mapping’ of country data more clearly understood enabling NREN-NREN collaboration in supporting TNE

Consideration of development of a global connectivity policy to support TNE

National NRENs enabled and equipped to develop better data collection within country

End 2017
Produce ‘global tech toolkit’ for NRENs and support development of national toolkits, including connectivity map (based on #3 above and the Jisc TNE Tech Toolkit)Toolkit for NRENs globally, whether sending, receiving or developing, jointly developed from national in-country knowledge

End 2017

Joint communications activities to promote GÉANT TNE work

Case studies to demonstrate different types of TNE support


Articles in GÉANT communications and national NREN communications




This is the first year of SIG-TNE.

First year: February 2017 - February 2018

The charter of the SIG-TNE was approved on 24 February 2017 by the GCC.

The SIG-TNE is jointly led by its Steering Committee

  • Esther Wilkinson, Jisc (Chair)
  • William Wan, CERNET 
  • Urszula Chomicka, Internet2
  • Alexander van den Hil, SURFnet
  • Claudio Allocchio, GARR
  • Sigita Jurkynaitė, GÉANT (Secretary) 

Next Events

SIG-TNE meeting in 2018:

  • APAN45, 25-29 March, Singapore (meeting)

  • TNC18, 10-14 June, Trondheim, Norway (meeting)


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