Transnational Higher Education: Means for Social Mobility or Echo of “Persistent Inequalities”?
Little is known on the characteristics and motivations of students enrolled in these kinds of programs and a lot of questions remains unanswered: Is TNHE an integral part of socially stratified higher education systems? Does TNHE broaden access to higher education? How does it intersect with the global “axes of power”, i.e. gender, ethnicity and class?
By using original data generated by a survey conducted in eleven German TNHE in ten countries, this paper explores these kinds of issues. On the one hand, the results show how TNHE is often perceived by a nascent middle classes to pursue distinction and status. On the other hand, thea also reveal an enabling potential of sort. Indeed, TNHE allows some people to access higher education. Furthermore, it also seems to contribute to the acquisition of “mobility capital” and of the “capacity to aspire (Appadurai).