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ERIC Number: EJ837992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar-13
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Failure of George Mason University's Persian Gulf Campus Sparks Concern
Mills, Andrew
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n27 pA26 Mar 2009
Late last month, when George Mason University's campus in the Persian Gulf emirate of Ras al Khaymah became the first American educational venture in the region to collapse, its administrators immediately blamed the international economic meltdown. In a region whose higher-education scene is quickly gaining a reputation for being as hazardous as it may be lucrative, is George Mason's failure the beginning of the end for American-style higher education in the petrodollar-rich countries of the Middle East? "Of course there is still a demand for American and other international higher education here," says Ayoub Kazim, executive director of Dubai's Knowledge Village and International Academic City, which are home to dozens of foreign-university operations. "But we have to differentiate between what happened at George Mason and what's happening everywhere else. The various models, the approaches, are very different."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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