ERIC Number: EJ946024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Operational Considerations for Opening a Branch Campus Abroad
Harding, Lawrence M.; Lammey, Robert W.
New Directions for Higher Education, n155 p65-78 Fall 2011
Universities have been attracted to the creation of international branch campuses (IBCs) for many reasons, including cultural immersion of students and faculty and global brand recognition for a university seeking to enhance its reputation and strengthen its academic standards. This chapter provides specific advice for how IBCs can negotiate entry into a foreign legal environment and operate support systems that can coordinate the management operations on multiple campuses. The authors discuss some common approaches to successfully opening a university presence abroad, particularly for an endeavor as significant as an IBC. This includes: (1) Understanding the local culture and expectations of the government; (2) Engaging academic and administrative leadership early in the process; (3)Establishing employee hiring and retention practices to address cultural values and differences; and (4) Establishing adequate budgets and timelines.
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Values, Multicampus Colleges, Legal Problems, Cultural Awareness, Personnel Selection, Labor Turnover, Cultural Differences, Governance, Educational Planning, College Administration, Partnerships in Education, Employment Problems
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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