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Michigan State university had looked for a decade at various opportunities in the Gulf region, “where we knew we needed a more robust presence,” and dubai seemed “particularly attractive in terms of its rapid rise as a global logistical and finance, IT, and media hub. That meant locating there would provide opportunities for internships and things like that for our students that were quite appealing.”
“We did a lot of research. In hindsight, given some of the challenges we faced, we can spend a lot of time second-guessing ourselves about what more we could, should have done. But I don’t think any amount of research on our part was going to forecast the global economic problems,” Riedinger declares. MSU has no other foreign branch campuses and no current plans to establish any, Riedinger says. He says MSU already has strong relationships with “partner” universities in several countries. “So in the vast majority of the world, we wouldn’t even entertain the conversation about setting up a branch campus,” Riedinger says. But MSU didn’t have that kind of longstanding partnership in the Gulf region and “saw an opportunity to provide American-style education in the region that wouldn’t otherwise be available,” Riedinger says. Accordingly, he says, a “chief takeaway” from the Dubai experience has been to “stick by-and-large to what has worked spectacularly well for us for more than five decades, which is to build strong, robust partnerships with strategic, selected countries and institutions in those countries, and use those partnerships as the vehicle for advancing our international research, education, and engagement missions.” Although its branch campus was not a success, Riedinger makes clear that MSU is still “very much in Dubai” with graduate programs as well as a “robustly staffed” office to host MSU students on study abroad visits. “We’re just not there with the big, highly visible undergraduate programming that everybody focused on,” he says.

some New Branch Campuses Going strong
Meanwhile, another university’s branch campus in the UAE—new York University Abu Dhabi (nYUAD)—reportedly is functioning well in its second year. The product of “a remarkable convergence of vision between Abu Dhabi’s desire to build a great university at home and nYU’s desire to extend its global reach and impact,” the campus, totally funded by nYU’s Abu Dhabi partners, has drawn students for its first two classes from some 70 countries, says nYUAD Vice Chancellor Alfred Bloom. In terms of traditional admission parameters, “they equal or excel those of students at the most highly selective universities in the U.S. and abroad,” Bloom says. “We do face occasional challenges,” he acknowledges, particularly in “finding paths across differences in cultural expectations,” as well as “maintaining consistent policies and practices across nYU’s global network” and “operating across what have turned out to be surprisingly burdensome differences in time zones and work weeks.” But overall, “I believe we have met or exceeded virtually all” of the “extremely high measures of success” that nYU set during the planning phases for the campus, he asserts. nYU is developing another branch campus, in Shanghai, where it expects to welcome its first freshman class in the fall of 2013, according to nYU President John Sexton. Half the students will be from China and the others will be recruited from around the world, as at nYUAD and nYU in new York, he says. Similarly, faculty will be recruited internationally. Ultimately, nYU Shanghai could have as many as 3,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, Sexton says. While classes will be taught in English, all students will be expected to achieve proficiency in Chinese, he adds. nYU has had a presence in Shanghai for some years, including a “very popular and successful Study Away site,” Sexton says. At a university leadership meeting a few years ago—held in Shanghai—to discuss “the future of nYU as a global network university,” university authorities met with Shanghai representatives, and that started the effort to create nYU Shanghai, the first U.S. university with independent legal status approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education, Sexton says. The approval process took about a year for the campus that will be “fully self-sustaining through a combination of government support, tuition, and charitable contributions,” Sexton explains.

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It’s Not Always an easy road
Duke University also has plans in China—in Kunshan, just outside of Shanghai—but has encountered opposition to it from some faculty on its home campus. Pursuing a strategic commitment Duke made several years ago to become an increasingly global university, The Fuqua School of Business embarked in 2008 on “an aggressive plan to create a new model for global business education,” says nora Bynum, director of Duke’s Office of Global Strategy and Programs. Acknowledging China’s “increasingly important role in global business,” she says, Fuqua began discussions with alumni, other

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From the Editors
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Cultivating Branch Campuses
India Opens Its Doors— Cautiously
A Quest to Enhance Quality Spurs Global Learning
Foreign Student Affairs
A View From Out Here
Forum
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Health and Insurance Supplement
Supplement: Danger Ahead!
Supplement: Their Baggage Goes, Too
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