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Title Indian Business School Becomes Australian!? The latest on international branch campuses of Indian universities
Author Richard Garrett - Director, OBHE


One of the things the Observatory is best known for is coverage of the international branch campus (IBC) phenomenon. IBCs have grown in number and variety over the past decade, covering a wide range of host countries and exporting institutions. IBCs embody efforts to address supply/demand mismatches in higher education in different parts of the world, a more entrepreneurial mindset on the part of universities, and a view that a conventional campus- as opposed to more modest presence- may be the best means to a high quality student experience. For more details on the Observatory’s definition of an IBC, please see the end of the article.

The Observatory published its first report on this topic in 2002, with updates in 2006, 2009 and 2012. We will release our latest report in 2015. In preparation for this update, we will comment on subsections of the IBC trend. This article looks at IBCs of Indian higher education institutions. Many foreign institutions are interested in setting up shop in India itself, hampered by the Indian government’s seemingly endless debate about how to regulate such activity, but that is not our topic today. Our concern is Indian colleges and universities setting up IBCs around the world.

Our 2009 report counted ten Indian IBCs, up to 17 in 2012. This was about 9% of all IBCs counted by the Observatory in 2012, and the fourth largest total by home country (after USA, UK and France). Of those 17, ten were in the United Arab Emirates, a major IBC hub and home to large numbers of foreign workers from south Asia, and four in Mauritius. The other three were in Malaysia, Nepal and Singapore. Two Indian IBCs were planned- one in Australia and the other in Sri Lanka. In early 2015, what’s changed? Are there now more Indian IBCs? How are the IBCs noted in 2012 faring today?

Date 22/01/2015
Region(s) Asia, Australia & Pacific Rim
Countries India, Australia
Theme(s) Transnational Education (TNE) Models
Topic(s) Branch Campuses

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