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Title A miscalculated level of risk? UNSW Asia announces its unexpected closure
Author The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education


UNSW Asia, the Singapore-based campus of Australia’s University of New South Wales, has announced that after only a few months in operation, it will close its doors at the end of the semester on 28 June. In response to the closure, provisions have been made to assist the approximately 150 students affected to transfer to UNSW in Australia, and the University is to provide them with scholarships with which to do so, presumably in an effort to limit the reputational damage already done. The unexpected closure is largely due to weak enrolment projections, which reportedly have made the institution financially unsustainable. Not insignificantly, UNSW Asia was to be Asia’s first foreign comprehensive university, and many in the international community are questioning whether the closure might affect Singapore’s bid to become a regional centre of higher education excellence. Why has UNSW decided to close its Singapore campus only months after first launching it? What options have been made available to students looking to continue their studies elsewhere? How could the closure affect foreign interest towards Singapore as a host of higher education provision?

Date 01/06/2007
Region(s) Asia, Australia & Pacific Rim
Countries Singapore, Australia
Theme(s) Transnational Education (TNE) Models
Topic(s) Branch Campuses, Legal and/or Contractual

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