Failure of George Mason U.'s Persian Gulf Campus Sparks Concern About Overseas Ventures

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Late last month, when George Mason University’s campus in the Persian Gulf emirate of Ras al Khaymah became the first American educational venture in the region to collapse, its administrators immediately blamed the international economic meltdown.

In a region whose higher-education scene is quickly gaining a reputation for being as hazardous as it may be lucrative, is George Mason’s failure the beginning of the end for American-style higher education in the