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.
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To kick off the Observatory’s series of national overviews of online higher education, it is fitting to start with the United States of America. The world’s largest economy is home to many computing and Internet pioneers, individuals as well as companies, and led the so-called e-learning boom during the dotcom era in the late 1990s. No country has had more experience with the rhetoric and reality of online learning.
So, in 2017, what does online higher education look like in the US, twenty years on? One indication that online learning is well-established is the fact the federal government, since 2012, has required all colleges and universities eligible for federal student funding to report the number of students studying wholly or partly through distance learning.
2 February 2017
With the growing number of U.S. universities setting up branches or academic programs in China, there is some concern among U.S. legislators about how such operations are funded, and the about the rights and freedoms enjoyed by U.S. universities.
In August 2016, on congressional request, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report on these matters. A list of 225 “cooperative education programs” in China, involving 133 U.S. universities, approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education, is given in the appendix. The report examines a sample of 12 U.S. universities partnered with Chinese universities to establish degree-granting institutions in China, and employed document review, a questionnaire, campus visits and interviews with university administrators.
U.S. universities reviewed include big names such as Carnegie Mellon, Duke and NYU and less-known institutions with a longstanding China presence, such as Fort Hays State University and Kean University. Chinese partner universities include Shanghai Jiao Tong, East China Normal and Henan.
Plagiarism is increasingly an issue of contention in higher education. As international programming continues to grow, this topic requires close attention. Key questions arise regarding the quality and transparency of teaching methods, standards and standardization of approach, expectations and explanations on the nature of knowledge creation and dissemination. The pressure of student recruitment, language capabilities and systemic capacity play a role in academia’s ability to ensure the integrity of its provision and output. Within the field of transnational education, these issues are more acute.
This article will look at the role of TNE in the UAE, with a particular focus on Dubai.
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HE Bill: amendments do not mean government is out of the woods just yet, The Times Higher Education, 27 February 2017
The paradox of education system in the US, The Express Tribune (Pakistan), 27 February 2017
EU considers bringing Switzerland in from Erasmus+ cold, The PIE News, 27 February 2017
Non-state actors in higher education in Sri Lanka: Issues and challenges, Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka), 27 February 2017
Emotions running high, The Australian, 24 February 2017
Teaching and Integrating International Students, Inside Higher Ed, 24 February 2017
Egypt Announces Cap on University Tuition Fees, Masterstudies.com, 24 February 2017
Almost third of university academics from outside UK, BBC, 23 February 2017
Headline research - 2016 International Student Survey, Australian Government, 22 February 2017
International students studying in Australia reach record number, Education Department figures show, ABC (Australia), 21 February 2017
India-based ‘contract cheating’ a growing problem for UK varsities, Hindustan Times, 21 February 2017
1-3 March 2017: Universities Australia Higher Education Conference, Canberra, AUSTRALIA
5-9 March 2017: The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference,'Problematizing (In)Equality: The Promise of Comparative and International Education', Atlanta, Georgia, USA
6-9 March 2017: African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) Conference and General Assembly at Open University of Sudan, Khartoum, SUDAN
8-10 March 2017: Open Education Consortium & the University of Cape Town Open Education Global Conference, 'Open for Participation', Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
14 March 2017: i-graduate and Hotcourses Group, 'International Student: Attraction & Engagement Summit', Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA (for details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
14-16 March 2017: Times Higher Education Asia Universities Summit, 'Forging the Future – Building Stronger Alliances between Universities and Industry', Ulsan, KOREA
21 March 2017: Universities UK 'International Higher Education Forum', London, UK
19-22 March 2017: IIE, 5th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
20-21 March 2017: Oxford Education Research Symposium, Oxford, UK
20-23 March 2017: APAIE Conference and Exhibition, Kaohsiung, TAIWAN
26-29 March 2017: The Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2017 (ACEID), Kobe, JAPAN
27-28 March 2017: Global Summit on Education (GSE), 'Trends and Challenges in Education', Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
2-5 April 2017: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
4 April 2017: Westminster Higher Education Forum, The future of Modern Foreign Languages in Higher Education, London, UK
5-7 April 2017: CANeLearn Symposium and BC Digital Learning Conference, 'Blending Boundaries – Leading Digital Disruption, Innovation and Equitable Learning', Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA
5-7 April 2017: Times Higher Education Young Universities Summit, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
6-7 April 2017: EUA 2017 Annual Conference, 'Autonomy and freedom: The future sustainability of universities, Bergen, NORWAY
10-11 April 2017: Association of University Administrators (AUA) Conference and Exhibition at the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
12-15 April 2017: 2017 International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education (IECHE), 'Saudi Universities and Vision 2030 – Knowledge Is the Oil of the Future', Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA
19-20 May 2017: NUFFIC International Conference on 'Education for life in Africa', The Hague, NETHERLANDS
22-24 May 2017: British Council, 'Going Global 2017', London, UK
22-25 April 2017: American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Annual Convention, 'Community Colleges – America’s North Star', New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
10-12 May 2017: International Conference on Globalisation and Issues of Higher Education, Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA
22-26 May 2017: European MOOCs Stakeholders Summit, 'EMOOCs - Digital Education – Out to the World and Back to the Campus', Madrid, SPAIN
May 28 – June 2 2017: NAFSA Conference, 'Expanding Community, Strengthening Connections', Los Angeles, California, USA
8-9 June 2017: European Commission's International Conference on the Future of Education, Florence, ITALY
13-16 June 2017: European Distance and e-Learning Network (EDEN) Annual Conference: 'Diversity Matters', Jönköping, SWEDEN
28-29 June 2017: International AHE Conference, Manchester, UK
4-6 July 2017: Higher Education Academy Annual Conference 2017 Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight, Manchester, UK
7-9 July 2017: British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Conference: 'Educational Leadership for a Global Society – Challenges, Dilemmas and Ways Forward', Ettington Chase, Stratford-on-Avon, UK
23-24 August 2017: The Singapore Education Technology Conference (SETC 2017), SINGAPORE
12-15 September 2017: EAIE 2017, 'A Mosaic of Cultures', Seville, SPAIN
18-20 September 2017: International Conference on e-Learning and e-Technologies in Education (ICEEE), Lodz, POLAND
11-13 October 2017: Conference of the Americas on International Education, Montreal, CANADA
17-19 October 2017: 27th International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) World Conference, Toronto, CANADA
18-20 October 2017: IAU 2017 International Conference,'Leadership for a changing public-private funding higher education landscape', Accra, GHANA
26-27 October 2017: European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL), Porto, PORTUGAL
2-4 November 2017: Global Access to Postsecondary Education (GAPS)2nd World Congress on Global Access to Postsecondary Education: Working Together for a Democratized Postsecondary Education, São Paulo, BRAZIL
23-25 November 2017: European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), Riga, LATVIA
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