International expansion is a complex endeavor and not without risks that must be identified and managed to achieve success. Learn from the real-world experiences of leading organizations in higher education and their lessons learned as they expand into other countries.
Newcastle University, a public research university located in northeast England, is one of the UK’s top research-intensive institutions and has always successfully attracted international students, particularly from East Asia. In 2008, the school entered into a partnership with Singapore’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic to establish a number of degree programs through a joint effort. Per the terms of the agreement, Ngee Ann Polytechnic provided the facilities, infrastructure and administration systems, and Newcastle University delivered the teaching, content and academic support for students.
Today, Newcastle University’s Singapore campus is a clear success and Newcastle has since explored additional partnerships, leading to the establishment of a medical campus in Malaysia.
Here is what Newcastle has learned as a result of their experience:
In 1993, Dr. Alfred Bader, a successful alumnus of Queen’s University in Canada, donated the Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England to the university. The opportunity to establish an International Study Centre (ISC) led the university to re-conceptualize its international offerings and the Bader ISC was set up as a short-term study abroad campus at which students would attend for one or two semesters during their undergraduate programs.
Today, the Bader ISC is a central element of the Queen’s University international programming and hosts more than 400 Queen’s students each year. It is also widely recognized as an excellent venue for international academic conferences.
Here is what Queen’s has learned as a result of their experience:
Manipal University, a part of Manipal Education and Medical Group, is a leading university in India. Its medical school, Kasturba Medical College, with two campuses in Manipal and Mangalore, has been one of the leading medical schools in India for decades now. Despite its success, the university started to encounter a number of challenges that restricted its growth at home. Foreign expansion seemed to be the clear path forward for Manipal to grow both its revenues and its reputation.
Manipal Education and Medical Group, through its education-focused entity, Manipal Global Education (MaGE), established its first foreign campus in affiliation with Kathmandu University in Nepal in 1994 and today has campuses in Nepal, Malaysia, Dubai and Antigua, with more in the pipeline.
Here is what Manipal has learned as a result of their experience:
With a core focus on improving the quality of human life through scientific research, Wageningen UR has developed strong and fruitful partnerships with dozens of academic organizations around the world. As a result, the school now welcomes more than 11,000 students from more than 125 countries to study alongside 6,500 academics and research staff and at least 80 percent of students study abroad for at least some time.
With more than 50 partner institutions spread across more than 23 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America, Wageningen UR has developed a proven approach to building partnerships.
Here is what Wageningen UR has learned as a result of their experience: