Tag Archives: international branch campuses

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Looking Ahead: 4 International Trends for 2014

Crystal_ball_(1)It’s a new year, and we’re dusting off the crystal ball to make new prognostications about the future of global higher education. But first, let’s evaluate the predictions we made last year to find out what we got right (and wrong) in 2013.

We correctly predicted that there would be greater pushback against foreign branch campuses and other international programs set up by American universities. At the beginning of 2013, we already knew that John Sexton, president of New York University, was fac…

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How Loyal Are Overseas Branch Campuses to Their Host Countries?

800px-Anchor_in_Cosne-Cours-sur-LoireIn the United States, we often think of colleges and universities as the anchors of their communities. A campus is often among the largest employers in the region, a significant consumer of local goods and services, a critical supporter of local businesses, and a major attractor of new people to the region. Not only does a college educate the next generation of the work force, but it also plays a major role in enhancing the local quality of life and economy. That role is even more important as o…

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MOOC’s and the McDonaldization of Global Higher Education

We’ve been treated to a rash of stories about how new technological models for higher education raise questions about the viability of the traditional campus. After all, why invest in an elaborate physical plant when virtual education can effectively expand your reach exponentially?

This is of particular interest for global education and multinational universities, as the expense and difficulty of establishing foreign educational outposts may make virtual options seem even more attractive. At th…

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Will MOOC’s Take Down Branch Campuses? We Don’t Think So

In a recent blog on University World News, Rahul Choudaha argues that MOOC’s (massive open online courses) could lead to the decline of international branch campuses. There is some logic to this argument. Access to online learning is available just about anywhere, and economies of scale as represented by the MOOC’s can make education incredibly inexpensive. Branch campuses, on the other hand, double down on geography and are often more expensive than other local options. But does that make MOOC’…