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Title IBC Series, Reflections from 8 years on an International Branch Campus, Part V: Home Campus - Perception and Integration
Author Christopher Hill - OBHE Associate, Associate Professor and Director Doctoral Training Centre, Faculty of Education, British University in Dubai


To what extent is an International Branch Campus (IBC) part of the University from which it gets its name? Does it represent an outpost? A reflection? An integrated component or a distant relative? These questions and the realities they embody speak to the very purpose of creating and sustaining an IBC. To what extent is it possible to fully integrate the IBC with the home campus and what are the processes required for this to take effect? Is the best approach top down or bottom up? Should a blueprint be followed or adapted to context and if so, does this adaptation detract or add to the value?

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) was established in 2000 in a rented building in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. In 2005, a fully-fledged campus in Semenyih, some 45 km from the centre of KL, was opened. Irrespective of location, the degrees issued were from Nottingham. The mantra was and is ‘one degree’ but the secondary question of ‘one experience’ remained. Much debate surrounds the issue of a shared or even similar experience as underpinning the value of the degree. Quality assurance dictates that the teaching and learning outcomes, assessment methods, facilities and accreditation must be the same, but the experience?

Date 26/09/2016
Region(s) Asia, Europe
Countries Malaysia, United Kingdom
Theme(s) Transnational Education (TNE) Models
Topic(s) Branch Campuses

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