Student satisfaction and student perceptions of quality at international branch campuses in the United Arab Emirates

Stephen Wilkins, Melodena Stephens Balakrishnan, Jeroen Huisman

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Abstract

The international branch campus has emerged as a popular form of transnational higher education but to date little research has been undertaken on student perceptions and experiences, other than the student feedback evaluations conducted by institutions. This research employed a survey questionnaire to investigate student perceptions of study at international branch campuses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the country which hosts the largest number of branch campuses globally. Across the seven dimensions examined – programme effectiveness, quality of lecturers and teaching, student learning, assessment and feedback, learning resources, use of technology, and facilities/social life – it was found that students are largely satisfied. The findings refute many of the criticisms of international branch campuses in the literature, regarding quality, political or ideological issues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-556
JournalJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management
Volume34
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012

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