Could building campuses offshore be the future for Australia’s universities?, Kelsey Munro, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 July 2016.

An edited extract of the original article is reproduced below.

(Building universities outside of Australia is) …the flipside of Australia’s well-known international student boom, where the past decade has seen extraordinary growth in overseas students coming to live and study in Australia, injecting $19 billion into our economy in 2015. Australia is the third most popular destination for international students globally, after the US and Britain. But a number of Australian universities – notably Wollongong, Monash, Curtin and RMIT – have invested heavily in the risky business of offshore campuses, and are thriving.

“It is the case that not many unis worldwide have attempted to set up campuses overseas, and that those who have succeeded in doing so is a smaller number again,” says Professor Andrew McIntyre, RMIT’s deputy vice chancellor global development.

RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam, with about 6000 students in Ho Chi Minh City and 1000 in Hanoi. The fees in RMIT Vietnam are about half the international student fees at RMIT in Melbourne. About 37 per cent (over 25,000) of RMIT’s enrolments are international students – 21 per cent of them are offshore. Increasingly, students elect to take courses at both the Melbourne and Vietnam campuses while they study.

“We see having the campuses in Vietnam as benefiting all our students,” Dr McIntyre said. “It’s preparing them for a globalised world of work rather than just living in Melbourne – or Ho Chi Minh City”…

 

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