Between sameness and difference: challenges for TNE

Press/Media: Research


‘Same same, but different’ has become a catchphrase in Southeast Asia. It means two things are similar but not actually the same. The catchphrase’s connotations resonate with the dilemma faced by collaborative higher education programmes between the United Kingdom and Southeast Asian countries – better known as UK transnational education (TNE).

These TNE programmes are often promoted as ‘international’ and ‘the same’ as the original UK programme, but also as ‘national’ and ‘different’.
Recently, the PEER project, funded by the British Council and led by Coventry University, has examined this contradiction of ‘sameness’ in Southeast Asia-UK TNE and here we consider some of its causes and consequences.

Period11 Mar 2023

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