International Branch Campuses – Curiosity or Important Trend?

By Richard Garrett – in International Higher Education

The number of international branch campuses (IBCs) continues to grow—up from 66 between 2011 and 2015, to hit 249 globally. IBCs get a lot of media attention given the out-sized ambition and risk involved, but it is hard to judge long-term significance. Are IBCs curiosities that few universities will ever pursue, or will a global presence define tomorrow’s leading institutions? Will the impact of IBCs be marginal and localized or will some institutional brands and prospects be transformed?


Povl Tiedemann
August 2017


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