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ERIC Number: EJ779974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct-19
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Dubai, Aiming to Be an Academic Hub, Strikes a Deal with Michigan State
Krieger, Zvika
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n8 pA33 Oct 2007
Dubai has long competed with its wealthy Persian Gulf neighbors to become a regional hub of higher education. Yet its Knowledge Village, a collection of nearly 20 foreign-university campuses and local educational institutes, has been overshadowed by Qatar's Education City, which is home to the branch campuses of a number of high-profile American universities. That may soon change. Dubai recently announced that Michigan State University will begin operating next year in the emirate's new International Academic City, becoming the first American-run campus to be housed in the $3.27-billion, 25-million-square-foot complex designed for universities, colleges, and research centers. The partnership is noteworthy given that Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, has had difficulty attracting American universities. None of the institutes in its Knowledge Village--which is being absorbed into the new complex--are particularly well known, and none are from the United States. Education City, by contrast, has put out billions of dollars to open branches of such top-tier American universities as Cornell, Georgetown, and Carnegie Mellon in Qatar. Although Michigan State is International Academic City's first recruiting success, its business model is quite different from Education City's, and perhaps less appealing to some foreign universities. While Qatar pays for almost all aspects of operation in Education City--including buildings, salaries, even grants for projects on the participating universities' campuses back home--Dubai will provide loans to foreign institutions to develop their campuses in the expectation that their eventual revenue will cover the costs. Many American universities have balked at this self-supporting model.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan; Qatar