[photopress:mba_kean_university.jpg,full,alignright]An important report which you can read in full by clicking on Source.
In May 2006, Kean University (the illustration is of some of its football team) announced it would ‘be the first American university to open an extensive and newly constructed university campus on Chinese soil in September 2007.’
It did not happen. The official statement is: ‘Kean University is continuing to pursue plans to open a campus in Wenzhou. The application was approved by the municipal and provincial governments and is now with the Ministry of Education for review.’
Colleges across the United States continue to plan and construct ever-more-ambitious extensions of themselves abroad. Yet, in China a number of highly ambitious plans by American colleges to open full-fledged campuses have fizzled or otherwise been indefinitely forestalled. Mainly by Ministry scrutiny.
The Ministry’s scrutiny is arguably well-placed given the seemingly unending number of American institutions looking to China to build exchange partnerships, dual degree programs, and even campuses.
Complicating the debate further is the fact that while ‘academic exchange’ is often the buzz-term — and no doubt that’s often part of the motivation — institutions are usually out for financial gain.
Much more on this subject by clicking on Source.
Source: Inside Higher Ed
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