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ERIC Number: EJ806374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul-25
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
U.S. Universities Negotiate Tricky Terrain in the Middle East
Mills, Andrew
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n46 pA1 Jul 2008
A herd of camels meanders through the 115-degree heat as sand billows across the abandoned stretch of desert that once was to be a branch campus of George Mason University. Nearby, alongside the road that leads into the tall sand dunes is a sign that reads: "REDUCE SPEED: MOVING SANDS AHEAD." The sign is intended for motorists, of course, but it could double as a warning to American university administrators eager to open branch campuses in the oil-rich Persian Gulf. Institutions from around the world have been intrigued by the idea, and already a half-dozen American universities have set up shop or plan to in the next couple of years. But how easy is it to build a campus from scratch here? In this article, two American universities, George Mason and the American University of Sharjah, offer examples and warnings for those determined to negotiate these shifting sands.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia