More and more American universities are opening up campuses in Asia.  Now this news that Yale will open a campus in Singapore.  NYU already has a planned campus in Shanghai.  These elite universities seem most comfortable with the stability of joing forces with major governments and/or universities they control as sponsors.  The demand for this type of education exists in Asia, and I’ll be curious to follow whether these univeristies, if successful, will attract not only native populations but Americans interested in a more global education.  I do expect this will fundamentally alter the nature of study abroad programs.  This is all part of a huge overhaul in Asian higher education.  The Chinese have already expended their undergraduate university system and are currently expanding graduate programs, and Hong Kong is reforming its education model to conform with mainland China and the United States, resulting in the anticipated hired of hundreds of additional faculty.

Advertisements