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Murdoch University’s History in Transnational Education

Murdoch University first became involved in the provision of overseas education through its Business School in Singapore in 1991 with the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF). This was followed shortly thereafter in Malaysia with Kolej Damansara Utama (KDU), KDU Penang, Sibu and Kota Kinabalu. All of the initial TNE offerings were undergraduate business degree programs. The program at SNEF (now SMF Institute of Higher Learning ) was staffed with Murdoch Lecturers on a fly-in-fly-out basis for about 12 years before changing to the franchise basis. The Malaysian programs were staffed on a blended model with local Lecturers supported by Murdoch Lecturers with a couple of fly in visits per semester. Murdoch University have finished partnerships with KDU in 2013 and SMF in 2016 and current partners are Kaplan Higher Education Institute in Singapore and Global Institute in Dubai. The University’s TNE enterprise has grown from 585 students in 2005 (generating $1.2m in revenue) to 7,640 students (generating $18 million in revenue) in 2016.