Transnational Education (TNE)

Tailored curriculum to address today’s business problems

As the world’s rising middle class looks to meet employer demands, access to the transnational education (TNE) model at Pearson provides the opportunity for a global workforce to benefit from world-class, top ranking, universities. These programs accelerate the leadership development process for adult learners by providing a forum for personal and professional growth.

Pearson TNE programs are designed for mid- to senior-level professionals who seek an educational experience that will translate into a tangible career benefit. These adult learners are given opportunities to expand personal networks and progress in their careers while engaging in a specialized curriculum with a global perspective.  

“I was searching for a program that allows me to continue delivering my professional responsibilities and at the same time attain the latest business education backed by academic research in a multitude of fields. CEMP’s curriculum offered the insights of the topics where I wanted to update my knowledge and network with professionals from diversified fields.”

–Angad Sandhu, Cornell Executive Management Program (CEMP) student

Two US universities partnered with Pearson in 2016 to deliver TNE programs in India. Babson College in Massachusetts partnered on Babson Business Analytics for Managers of India (BAMI) and Cornell University in New York partnered on Cornell Executive Management Program (CEMP) in India.

These are new programs with only a small number of participants during the first year. Pearson conducted a study that was focused on understanding how the programs were implemented and how learners perceived the quality of activities and services provided. This study also gave ongoing feedback to the program managers to improve delivery of services for learners.  

Intended Outcome

Learners will have a positive experience in the program.

Results from the Babson Business Analytics for Managers of India (BAMI) program indicate that learner satisfaction with the program increased measurably from the beginning to the end of the program. At the midpoint, the net promoter score (NPS) rating was -14.29 and at the completion of the program the NPS was +55.65.  

Results from the Cornell Executive Management Program (CEMP) also indicate that learner satisfaction increased from the beginning of the program to the end of the program. The NPS increased from -36 at six months to +50 by end of the program.

“Reading financials is now becoming exciting, and [I] am able to understand the stories of numbers presented by finance professionals; sometimes even talk the same language. [My peers] would become significant drivers in creating collaborative learning.”

–Sai Chandran, a career HR professional and CEMP program student

Intended Outcome

Learners complete all modules within the program timeframe.

Modules are self-paced so that learners have the flexibility to progress and complete the program at their own pace within the target timeline.  

From the BAMI program, all learners completed the program and 80% earned a certificate, which is an indication of completing all the modules and passing the course. In the CEMP, on average, participants completed 70% all learner modules.

Intended Outcome

Learners develop career progression skills

Overall, learners believed that the CEMP program, and in particular, the Leadership and Career Progression Workshop, prepared them to advance in their careers. As the program grows, we hope to conduct further research on the impact of the programs on these learners’ careers.

Hear from the students:

“In my current organization, some of the core  management issues are around employee  motivation/engagement and managing in a complex matrix structure. Therefore, having opportunity to study mini-modules like Employee Motivation and Engagement and Decision-Making Rights in an Organization was very attractive.”

–Samir Gupta, CEMP student

Preparing Business Leaders

The TNE curriculum blends theory and practice that learners can directly apply to the business problems they encounter every day at work. Their level of work experience ranges from as few as 3 years to more than 20, while career levels vary from entry level managers to corporate executives. To meet the particular needs of working professionals, the programs are non-credit bearing at this time and are delivered in a hybrid manner including synchronously delivered online content combined with face-to-face in-country seminars.

Learners are supported by a Pearson team from enrollment to program completion. This support team uses feedback from students, faculty, and employers to ensure programs are meeting their needs.

Pearson is testing several options to scale these programs more widely to meet the corporate mission to expand access to quality education across the globe.  

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Read how we conducted the research in the 2015-2016 Research Report.