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The History of Branch Campuses:
A Condensed Timeline
1910s Johns Hopkins University begins offering medical and
nursing training at China's Peking Union Medical Hospital, the
institution's first international effort.
1921 Parsons School of Design establishes the Paris Ateliers of the
New York School of Fine and Applied Art, the predecessor to the
Parsons Paris campus, which launched in 2013.
1950s U.S. institutions begin launching branch campuses reflecting
strategic global priorities of the post-World War II era, including
Florida State University's Panama campus (1957) and Johns
Hopkins University's Bologna, Italy, campus (1955), the latter of
which focuses on serving as a model for international relations and
is considered the oldest branch campus still in operation.
1980s Nearly 30 U.S. institutions plan branch campuses in Japan as
part of a U.S. government-sponsored effort. Only two remain today.
1990 French fashion university Esmod opens what is often
considered the first non-U.S. institution branch campus of the
modern era in Norway. It now has a presence in more than a
dozen countries.
1997 Qatar announces plans for its Education City, which was
officially inaugurated in 2003 and now includes campuses for six
U.S. institutions.
2006 Dubbed the world's only "free zone dedicated to higher
education," Dubai International Academic City launches. It helps
propel the United Arab Emirates alongside China as the largest
importers of branch campuses worldwide.
2007 Korea announces plans to launch the Incheon Global
Campus, now home to campuses of four U.S. institutions.
2010 The number of international branch campuses worldwide
approaches 200, more than double the number at the turn of
the century.
2017 The total number of international branch campuses exceeds 250.
2019 Egypt announces plans to attract eight international
universities in its New Administrative Capital by 2020.

Sources: Institution websites, C-BERT/OBHE, news reports

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While the general model has been
adapted to the specific needs and
goals of the respective countries and
institutions involved, the overall premise
of education hubs has not changed
much. One key to operating within a
shared campus setting, says Disu, is to
differentiate program offerings from
the other institutions sharing the space.
Mason Korea focuses on business, social
sciences, and computer game design-
areas that are complemented by the
programs offered by other institutions
at the Incheon Global Campus. The
institutions also collaborate on core
programs and encourage collaboration
among students, resulting in an
"opportunity to build networks not just
at one institution, but with people from
all over the world," Disu says. Students at
Mason Korea also spend two semesters
at the home campus in Virginia, where
they experience a familiar yet different
academic environment.
Some institutions strategically
highlight curricular distinctions to frame
their collection of far-flung campuses.
While Northeastern University considers
all of its branch campuses as part
of a global network of equals, each
campus provides differentiated learning
experiences, as well as focused faculty
development and research.
For example, Northeastern's Silicon
Valley campus in California allows
students and faculty to spend time at
technology start-ups, while its London
campus emphasizes the tutorial model
common among British universities.
The Seattle, Washington, campus
pioneered a small cohort program that
provides graduates in nontechnical
fields with a master's degree in
computer science in response to the
needs of technology companies.
"You can have a semester in Toronto,
Vancouver, Charlotte, and London,"
Aoun says. "Undergraduate students can
take advantage of this contextualization
and do things in each campus they
can't do in another one. Our goal is for



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