The common factors underlying successful international branch campuses: towards a conceptual decision-making framework

Rob Hickey, Dan Davies

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Abstract

The last 25 years have witnessed the emergence of the International Branch Campus (IBC) as a means of providing Transnational Higher Education (TNE). The growth in the number of IBCs has not been without examples of failure and in some cases controversy, necessitating informed decision-making on the part of university leaders contemplating such a venture. Based on a systematic review of literature concerning the motivations for establishing IBCs; the drivers of sustainability and longevity; and case studies of successful and unsuccessful ventures by UK universities, this paper identifies key characteristics of successful IBCs. It proposes a framework–combining strategic, leadership, academic, financial and operational factors–for use by decision-makers in determining whether to establish and how to manage an IBC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalGlobalisation, Societies and Education
Early online date10 Feb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Feb 2022

Keywords

  • International branch campuses
  • success factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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