Sunday, February 10, 2008
U.S. Universities Rush to Set Up Outposts Abroad
The American system of higher education, long the envy of the world, is starting to become an important export. In a kind of educational gold rush, American universities are competing to set up outposts in countries with limited higher education opportunities. American universities — not to mention Australian and British ones, which also offer instruction in English, the lingua franca of academia — are starting, or expanding, hundreds of programs and partnerships in booming markets like China, India and Singapore. And many are now considering full-fledged foreign branch campuses, particularly in the oil-rich Middle East. Already, students in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar can attend an American university without the expense, culture shock or post-9/11 visa problems of traveling to America.http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/10/education/10global.html?ex=1360386000&en=c21edee5e3b27df1&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink
Alfred Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent"