A TNE game-changer: from filling supply constraints to offering skills experience


Traditional TNE models focus on providing knowledge in fields and/or levels of study to meet a shortage of supply in local markets. Research on Vietnam, one of the two key markets recently suggested by Austrade (alongside Indonesia), shows positive employer experience with and perception of the employability of graduates from TNE programs in Vietnam. The research noted a significant drop-off in the total of registered TNE programs in this market and identified gaps in TNE graduates’ skills and aptitudes.

The programs centred on economic rather than academic rationales, and a too-high proportion of TNE graduates worked for locally based multinational employers. This e-poster suggests a new TNE model and discusses the ways in which the present model, through blending online, in-market and onshore elements, can offer more room for skills development to embrace the 2025 student view of skills experience.

Take-home message:

TNE providers need to offer education and skills experience that reflect the skill demands and preferences of the local market rather than being shaped just by the constraints of local supply.

Key interest area: Transnational education (TNE) 
Other key interest areas: Business development and strategy (BD&S), Employability (EMP), Learning and teaching (L&T)

Dr Anh Pham

RMIT University

Dr Anh Pham is an expert in transnational education with a focus on higher education and employment in Vietnam and Australia. Her recent doctoral research at RMIT focused on the role of international education provision in Vietnam. She has worked for RMIT University, Deakin University, Monash College, and HCMC University of Technology and Education, Vietnam. Anh has worked in a voluntary capacity with organisations in Vietnam and Australia, including Don Bosco Vocational and Settlement Project, UNESCO Cultural Exchange Programs in Vietnam, and Life Without Barriers in Australia. She has presented several papers at international conferences and has begun publishing her research work as book chapters and journal articles.