Branch campus academics ‘lack autonomy’, study finds

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2015 by steve

UK“Academics who work at UK universities’ international branch campuses face ‘losing their autonomy’ and reducing their chances of moving back to their home institutions in the future, a study has found …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 23 December]

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Why a Branch Campus Failed

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2015 by steve

UK“Opening a branch campus in a foreign country can be a problematic exercise – if the experience of University College London is any guide. According to the Cross-Border Education Research Team at the State University of New York at Albany, nearly 220 international branch campuses of foreign universities are currently operating around the globe …” (more)

[Geoff Maslen, Chronicle of Higher Education, 25 February]

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Students rate the branch campus experience

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2013 by steve

International“… At the start of 2012 there were more than 200 international branch campuses globally and, with 39 institutions, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was host to more branch campuses than any other country worldwide ….” (more)

[Stephen Wilkins and Melodena Stephens Balakrishnan, University World News, 2 February]


Will university campuses soon be ‘over’?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2012 by steve

“The Open University has topped this year’s National Student Survey for overall student satisfaction. Meanwhile, we are seeing a growth in e-learning and Moocs (massive open online courses). Will traditional university campuses decline to make way for e-learning? …” (more)

[Harriet Swain, Guardian, 1 October]

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The rise of the multinational university

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2012 by steve

“More than 200 degree-granting international branch campuses of universities are now located in foreign countries. But a new report says some universities are considering transforming the branch campus model into fully fledged multinational universities ‘by slicing up the global value chain in ways akin to multinational corporations’ …” (more)

[Geoff Maslen, University World News, 5 August 2012]


A slow down in branch campus developments?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2012 by steve

“The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, OBHE, has published its fourth report on international branch campuses. The OBHE definition of a branch campus, which has broadened since the previous report, is this …” (more)

[Registrarism, 18 January]


Why branch campuses may be unsustainable

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2010 by steve

“Branch campuses are sprouting around the world, like mushrooms after a heavy rain. According to the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, the number of branch campuses have increased by 43% to a total of 162 between 2006 and 2009. Many of the growing mushrooms may only hold a limited lifespan and a few might be poisonous …” (more)

[Philip G Altbach, University World News, 28 February]