Partnerships of Care Over Distance; Thinking through the Experiences of Transnational Educators and Support Staff

Dr Jonathan Burrow1

1Flinders Univeristy, , Australia

“If one of my students shows up on campus something has gone seriously wrong.” Each year thousands of student’s complete Australian university degrees and VET courses in Asia without ever setting foot in Australia. Legal and practical necessities mean that these students are supported through partnerships between Australian institutions and local commercial or public partner institutions. While there is an established body of literature and professional knowledge on how to support students studying at a single institution both on campus and online there is little to address the sustained growth of joint transnational degree program taught in Asia as a partnership between an Asian host institution and an Australian/European/American partner institution. This paper will present a road map on how we research and theory from border and mobility studies can be entwined with work on international trade and service industries based on the authors mixed academic and professional background.


Jonathan completed his PhD in Human Geography at the University of Oulu in 2017. His research focuses on the interplay between the politics of families, capital, and the state through the lens of the intergenerational encounter. Currently based in Adelaide working as a professional in the transnational education sector.


The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is the peak body of university experts and educators on Asia in Australia. Established in 1976, we promote and support the study of Asia in Australian universities and knowledge of Asia among the broader community. Our membership is drawn mainly from academics and students, but also includes industry and government Asia experts. We take a strong interest in promoting knowledge about Asia in schools and in contributing to state and Commonwealth government policies related to Asia. We provide informed comment on Asia to a broad public through our bulletin, Asian Currents, and specialist research articles in our journal, Asian Studies Review. Four book series published under our auspices cover Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Women in Asia.

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