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Title IBC Series, Reflections from 8 years on an International Branch Campus, Part IV: Host Nation - Accreditation and Regulation
Author Christopher Hill - OBHE Associate


Malaysia has been very successful in attracting international institutions over the past decade. Transnational education has played an important role in the development of Malaysian education, from the early necessity for degree awarding bodies and additional capacity to the expansion of international student recruitment. There are currently ten international branch campuses operating in Malaysia and The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) has been in place since 2000 and experienced the evolution of regulation and accreditation within Malaysia from the joint and distance delivery of degrees to the branch campus boom, and now to the Iskandar EduCity hub model, where the UK universities of Newcastle, Reading and Southampton are located.

A key question to pose is what purpose does an international branch campus (IBC) serve for the host country? For the home campus there are issues of recruitment, international expansion, income, collaboration and development to consider but for the host nation? Are IBCs sources of income? Of reputation? Of collaboration? Of Competition? How are IBCs regulated and integrated into the national system and network? Can IBCs remain apart or should they be compared equally with local higher education institutions (HEIs)?

Date 16/08/2016
Region(s) Asia, Europe
Countries Malaysia, United Kingdom
Theme(s) Transnational Education (TNE) Models, Regulatory Frameworks
Topic(s) Regulation, Accreditation, Quality Assurance, Branch Campuses

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