Heads of University Management & Administration Network in Europe

Transnational Partnerships School


With a young and expanding population of 660 million, ASEAN is the world’s fifth-largest economy after the US, China, Japan and Germany. Despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, research production in the region has grown significantly in the last few years and Southeast Asia has a strong appetite for higher education.

Transnational partnerships take multiple forms from transactional to transformational initiatives, strategic partnerships between institutions, educational partnerships (for collaborative degree programmes, non-degree mobility), joint research partnerships and international branch campuses. The Southeast Asia region shows a great diversity of public and private initiatives. These are developed in the context of institutional strategies for internationalisation, and they are set in the context of national (and EU) agreements to pursue national and global agendas. Developing talent and cutting-edge global research is on every university’s agenda. Transnational partnerships have become key drivers to solve the grand challenges of our times and contribute to Sustainable Developing Goals: climate change, dealing with the energy challenges, sustainable communities, poverty alleviation or healthy living.

The HUMANE Transnational Partnership School looks at all these issues with presentations on international branch campuses and different types of transnational partnership initiatives in the Southeast Asia Region, partnership development, institutional journeys, the opportunities and the challenges. All through the week participants also work in small groups on multiple case studies.