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Marguerite Dennis, a veteran international educator since 1967 who has worked on branch campus agreements, says institutions considering foreign branch campuses should begin with extensive research. “I have a fairly good understanding of what needs to be done because I have made my own mistakes along the way,” she says. “I think a lot of schools do only perfunctory research on a country. It’s ‘now’s the time to go into China.’ Well, 10 years ago, everybody was going into Dubai. It was almost fashionable to do it. But, it’s wiser to take a more researched approach before you begin,” Dennis says. A good source, she suggests, are intelligence reports issued by STRATFOR, a private service that provides updated reports on political, economic, military, and other developments in individual countries, with trends and forecasts. From those reports and other sources, “you can get a feel for a country before you move into it,” Dennis says. “Find out who has been successful or not in a country,” she continues. “A lot of schools jumped quickly into the The Student’s Solution for Middle East and had to jump out just as Any Travel Emergency quickly. There will be schools that will Following a major earthquake, a go into China and will have to drop out student is trapped by debris from the because perhaps their research was sudormitory floor above her... perficial. Everyone is going to Shanghai. Be prepared. That’s the flavor of the decade right now. Times change and you have to keep up with what’s going on,” Dennis asserts. Summarizing lessons she has Critical emergency resources students learned from her years of experiences, need during any travel emergency, Dennis says it’s essential in establishing anywhere in the world: a branch campus to have the foreign Emergency Medical and Political Evacuation country’s government on board. “There needs to be government support. Natural Disaster Evacuation There should be some sort of financial Emergency Return Home due to family medical emergency compensation” from the government, perhaps scholarships to students in the 24 Hour Nurse and Legal Helplines country who are thinking of enrolling Medical Referrals from our comprehensive international database at the new campus, she says. Just as important, she adds, is “you Preferred 3 Color PMS 7546 C need a champion at home,” ideally the PMS 7461 C university president. “You need somePMS 109 C one who is going to say, ‘ok, these are Gradient PMS 109 C to Transparent the reasons we’re opening this branch 888.289.0567 | sales@oncallinternational.com | www.oncallinternational.com campus, and we’re in it for the long

directly through the Japan campus transfer to Philadelphia, although all who study at TUJ have that option, Stronach says. He cites several factors for TUJ’s long-term success. One, he says, is “clear understanding of mission and finances from the outset, in writing, so that no one can come back and question what was actually decided upon at the beginning.” Also, he says, the home campus leadership “is committed to international higher education,” and the branch campus has a leader “who knows how to administer within the American university context and within the context of the host country’s system of higher education.” Another key element, Stronach adds, is “rigorously carrying out the policies and procedures, and academic curricula, of the main campus, with the same quality assurance that would be found there. The only other U.S. branch campus in Japan is a two-year program run by Lakeland College, Stronach says.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - November/December 2011

International Educator - November/December 2011
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
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
In Focus
Health and Insurance Supplement
Supplement: Danger Ahead!
Supplement: Their Baggage Goes, Too
Supplement: Directory of Insurance Providers, Services, and Products
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - Contents
International Educator - November/December 2011 - From the Editors
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 3
International Educator - November/December 2011 - In Brief
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 5
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 6
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - India Opens Its Doors— Cautiously
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - A Quest to Enhance Quality Spurs Global Learning
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - Foreign Student Affairs
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - 48
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 49
International Educator - November/December 2011 - A View From Out Here
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 51
International Educator - November/December 2011 - Forum
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 53
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 54
International Educator - November/December 2011 - 55
International Educator - November/December 2011 - In Focus
International Educator - November/December 2011 - Cover3
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - Health and Insurance Supplement
International Educator - November/December 2011 - SCover2
International Educator - November/December 2011 - Supplement: Danger Ahead!
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - S10
International Educator - November/December 2011 - Supplement: Their Baggage Goes, Too
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S12
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International Educator - November/December 2011 - S14
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S15
International Educator - November/December 2011 - S16
International Educator - November/December 2011 - Supplement: Directory of Insurance Providers, Services, and Products
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