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Title Coherent and competitive? Germany strengthens its transnational education strategy with two new German-backed universities in Vietnam and Lebanon
Author The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education - The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education


In September, two new German-backed universities opened in Vietnam and Lebanon. The establishment of the Vietnamese-German University and the Lebanese-German University bring the number of currently existing German-backed universities in the world to seven. While the development of both foreign-backed institutions was initiated by, and depended more strongly on, Vietnamese and Lebanese policies than on the strategies of the German government, the institutions can also be a means to recruit international students to German higher education itself. The world’s third largest economy and the largest in the European Union (EU), Germany already attracts many international students. What are the aims of the two universities, and how do the new institutions fit into Germany’s overall internationalisation and transnational education strategies? In which other ways are the German Government and universities trying to attract international students, and what do the country’s selected strategies mean for Germany’s competitive position in the international student market?

Date 08/10/2008
Region(s) Asia, Europe, Middle East & Gulf States
Countries Vietnam, Germany , Jordan, Lebanon
Theme(s) Transnational Education (TNE) Models, Mobility
Topic(s) International Students, Study Abroad and Exchange Agreements, Branch Campuses, International Collaborative Programmes, Joint Provision

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