What is Transnational Education (TNE)?

Transnational Education (TNE) refers to education provided by institutions in one country to students in another. It is a form of distance learning that crosses national borders. [1] TNE degrees are often offered through collaborations between Singaporean and foreign universities, allowing students to complete their studies in Singapore while earning an internationally recognised degree.

5 June 2024

How can TNE programmes give students a global perspective and enhance their career prospects?

In an increasingly interconnected world, gaining a global perspective and cross-cultural skills has become essential for success in the modern workforce. TNE programmes offer students a unique opportunity to earn an internationally recognised degree while gaining valuable exposure to diverse cultures and perspectives. This article explores the benefits of TNE programmes and how they can enhance students' career prospects in Singapore and beyond.


Is the TNE degree recognised and valued by employers?

The recognition of TNE degrees by employers may vary. Students should ensure their chosen TNE programme has proper accreditation at the programmatic, regional, or national level to increase the likelihood of employer recognition. [2] While some employers may be hesitant to accept degrees from distance learning programmes, the perception has shifted. As of 2021, 77% of academic leaders rate online education equal or superior to traditional classroom instruction. [2]


How does it differ from remote or online education programmes?

TNE differs significantly from remote or online learning in several key aspects. While TNE may incorporate online or distance learning methodologies, it is much broader in scope, including various forms of international academic presence like branch campuses, franchising agreements, and partnerships for joint or dual degree programmes. These diverse methods allow institutions to deliver their educational offerings across borders, blending local and foreign educational resources and curricula.

In contrast, remote or online education primarily relies on digital platforms and technological tools to deliver course content to students not physically present on campus. This form of education is often characterised by its flexibility in terms of geography and scheduling, catering primarily to students who require or prefer the convenience of studying from any location.

TNE programmes, however, provide richer opportunities for interaction and a more immersive educational experience. Students in TNE programmes can engage directly with peers and faculty from different cultural backgrounds, either through physical presence in branch campuses or structured interactive online environments. This exposure is invaluable for developing a global outlook and cross-cultural communication skills, which are increasingly important in today's globalised business environment. Moreover, TNE setups may offer hands-on experiences in diverse international contexts, further enhancing learning and making graduates more attractive to potential employers who value a broad, internationally informed perspective.



What are the advantages and disadvantages of distance learning?

The advantages of pursuing a TNE degree include

  • gaining a global perspective,
  • exposure to international faculty and TNE students, and
  • earning a foreign degree while studying in Singapore.


TNE programmes can enhance career prospects by providing students with international education and cross-cultural skills that are highly valued by employers in Singapore and globally.

The global perspective gained through the TNE programmes help students develop adaptability, communication skills, and cultural sensitivity, which employers highly value in an increasingly globalised world. Graduates of TNE are also well-positioned to pursue careers in multinational companies, and international organisations.

While tuition costs for TNE programmes may be higher compared to local options, students at SIM receive support and benefits that enhance the value of their degree. These include a variety of free learning support resources, workshops, consultations, career guidance, internships and job opportunities. The investment in a TNE degree can pay off in terms of enhanced career prospects and higher earning potential over the long term.


TNE programmes offered by SIM Global Education

SIM has established partnerships with ten university partners to provide TNE programmes. These partnerships combine the academic rigour and global recognition of the partner universities, with SIM Global Education’s local support, resources, and industry connections.

The TNE programmes offered by SIM and its partners cover a various disciplines, including business, IT, social sciences, and more. At SIM, our partnerships with globally recognized universities ensure that the programmes delivered on our campus maintain the same rigour and quality as those offered at our partner universities' home campuses. This unique arrangement allows students to benefit from a high-calibre international education while enjoying the support, resources, and community of SIM.

Students can access local support services, networking events, and career guidance tailored the local job market, and opportunities to expand their professional network in Singapore. To learn more about our TNE programmes, please visit: https://www.sim.edu.sg/degrees-diplomas/overview

[1] https://www.linkedin.com/advice/0/what-differences-between-transnational-education-drzwc
[2] https://www.techsmith.com/blog/distance-learning/