Transnational education and normative and non-normative discourses of educational partnership: The Indonesia-NZ bilateral relations case study

Stream: Panel 28 - International Relations: Public Opinion and Foreign Policy 
Date: Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Time: 11.30 am – 1.00 pm


New Zealand has built free trade agreements with Indonesia, including its education sector. These agreements include ASEAN-Australia-NZ FTA (AANZFTA), and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). 45% of Indonesian tertiary students studied in the university sector in 2014, with 38% enrolling in the Private Training Establishment (PTE) sector. However, there are growing concerns surrounding the impact of transnational education on Less Developed States (LDSs). An important question arises, “How can the terms of partnership be defined when there are concerns surrounding the impact of transnational education on LDSs, such as Indonesia?” The understanding of the normative and non-normative discourses of the partnership is essential. A framework is thus proposed of whether transnational education negotiation will advance to collaboration.


Anita Abbott (Presenter), Southern Institute of Technology
Anita is a progressive educator, drawing from years of experience working in higher education and vocational teaching, both in traditional face-to-face settings and in distance learning programs. Currently she is an adjunct professor at Charisma University, and an educator at Southern Institute of Technology. Her research interests include: transnationalism, theories of sovereignty, international agreements, international institutions, and global governance.