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IBCs - Trends & Developments 2016

By the OBHE with C-BERT of SUNY at Albany & Pennsylvania State University


This is the fifth report on international branch campuses (IBCs) from the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education. It was produced in conjunction with the Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT) at the State University of New York at Albany and Pennsylvania State University. The Observatory and C-BERT are the world’s two leading authorities on international branch campuses.

The report provides analysis of one of the most topical developments in international higher education. It includes a full list of known IBCs in operation, along with data on year established, degrees and programs offered, and (where available) student numbers. It also lists all known IBCs currently in development and those recently closed. IBCs are discussed within a broader framework of cross-border higher education activity.

Summary Findings booklet
(For members)

Headline findings


 This report is available to members, and otherwise for sale. If you need a reminder of your log-in details, or if you would like more information about membership, please contact info@obhe.ac.uk.



20 December 2016

Could a greater focus on employability and careers for international students benefit recruitment to UK higher education?

Carolyn Walker, Observatory Associate; Consultant in International Higher Education
Former Academic Director at INTO

It should come as no surprise that international students view employability and their future careers as highly important (as indeed do all students). A 2016 student engagement survey of 23,177 undergraduates at 29 UK institutions carried out by the UK’s Higher Education Academy remarks that “non-EU students come to study in the UK with a distinct career focus”. Employability ranked 7th out of 20 factors in terms of importance in a 2015 UK Higher Education Unit report, commissioned to examine the UK’s position with regard to the recruitment of international undergraduates to degrees.

So how do international students fare in this domain?

Full article available for members.


15 December 2016

TNE: A Pathway to Employability in the UAE

Dr Christopher Hill
OBHE Associate
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, The British University in Dubai

What is the purpose and role of TNE? To what extent should advocates look beyond access to international education and support strong outcomes post-graduation? To what extent are the values of international degrees in harmony or at odds with national systems and expectations? Can TNE be harnessed for national development as well as supporting access to and mobility of international learning?

This article will look at the role of TNE in the UAE, with a particular focus on Dubai.

Full article available for members.


8 December 2016

250+ and counting: What does IBC growth tell us about the direction of the phenomenon and its place in CBHE?

Rachael Merola, Sr Researcher, OBHE

There are at least 251 international branch campuses in 72 countries, and around twenty under development. Looking at data from the past decade, IBCs have opened at a consistent pace, with 68 new IBCs opened from 2006-2010 and 68 opened from 2011-present. With an eye to the future, what do the campuses under development tell us about the prospects of this form of cross-border higher education (CBHE)?





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OBHE focuses on global citizenship at conference, Study Travel Magazine, 18 January 2017

Sudan must end politically-motivated attacks on Darfuri students, Amnesty International, 18 January 2017

Zuma signs Higher Education Amendment Act, News 24 (South Africa), 18 January 2017

University of Hong Kong sees increase in Indonesian student applications, The Jakarta Post (Indonesia), 18 January 2017

Studying at the Bahai secret university, BBC, 18 January 2017

Report slams ‘one-dimensional and flawed’ international university rankings, The PIE News, 17 January 2017

Study Buddies: Investing in Sino-Foreign Higher Education in China, China Briefing, 17 January 2017

These Are the World's Most Innovative Economies, Bloomberg, 17 January 2017

Associations urge Tsai to address talent ‘drought’, Taipei Times (Taiwan), 13 January 2017

More University-Industry Collaborations Underway in Malaysia?, Masterstudies.com, 13 January 2017

Department intensifies clamp down on bogus colleges, Eyewitness News (South Africa), 13 January 2017

HE and Research Bill: Lords amendment could 'suffocate' universities, The Times Higher Education, 13 January 2017




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International Branch Campuses
Trends & Developments 2016

by the OBHE & C-BERT

Summary Findings booklet
(For members)

Headline findings






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