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Asian Branch Campuses of Western Universities help bring quality education at lower cost closer to home

posted Sep 23, 2014, 8:32 PM by Aramely Mendez   [ updated Sep 23, 2014, 8:48 PM ]


Stroll across any of the elite college campuses in Australia, the United Kingdom or the United States and you will see no shortage of Asian faces. The region dominates the international student composition...


Although China and India are attracting some top-tier universities, many are still choosing to set up shop in Southeast Asia, most notably in Malaysia and Singapore, where governments offer an enthusiastic...


Malaysia linked the promotion of international universities to a broader strategy to attract more foreign investment. As part of its far-reaching plan for the Iskandar “smart city” complex in Johor, it...


Universities closer to home are being welcomed by students – and their cost-conscious parents – as they offer courses of a calibre on par with those of the parent institutions without being a 20-hour flight...


As well, the prerequisites for entry into these universities’ branch campuses are not as stringent as those abroad, though still very high by local standards, thus allowing many students who otherwise...


To sweeten the deal, these offshore campuses offer students a one-year study abroad programme that allows them to take some courses on the main campus.


This is a good deal for the students because it offers the same degree of standards at half the cost,” says Paul Hamilton, the founder of Hamilton International Educational Consultants, a student placement...


Foreign university branch campuses in Singapore and Malaysia – Monash University, James Cook University, and Newcastle University – thus have received full support from Asian students with their enrollment...


According to statistics for 2012 from Melbourne-based Monash University, which has a branch in Malaysia, a total of 22,057 international students were enrolled in its worldwide campuses, and most were...


For Australia-based James Cook University worldwide, Asian students represent almost half of the student body with Singaporeans leading at 22%.


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