Malta is aiming to attract more foreign universities to the island, its Education Minister has said, amidst concern about new legislation changing the requirements institutions must fulfill to become a university.
With a US$4bn deficit caused by the high proportion of university students opting to pursue studies abroad, South Korea’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has announced plans to open up the market further to international providers by easing restrictions on foreign investors and creating an international education hub in Songdo, Incheon.
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education is conducting an independent inquiry into higher education delivered through London branch campuses, after an investigation by the Home Office found that some 45,000 immigrants may have fraudulently obtained English language test certificates.
Foreign higher education providers may now operate in Bangladesh, thanks to a recent move by the Education Ministry. The policy, which enables foreign universities, JVs with local universities and investors to establish branches or study centres, has met with some controversy and private domestic universities lobbied against such a move.
The UK's higher education watchdog, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, has found only two of 11 UK campuses in the UAE are "readily recognisable" branch campuses. It has warned providers not to mislead students about what is being offered offshore and advises that providers "do more to introduce a UK academic culture".
The first ever university branch campus backed by the Chinese State is to be established in Malaysia, one of Asia's fastest growing education hubs. Xiamen University, a top twenty higher education institution in China, plans to open a five-faculty campus in September 2015. The move reflects the growing trend for Asians to study within their own region.
Indonesia has passed a law that opens the country up to foreign university branch campuses for the first time, despite criticism that the new institutions will only benefit the wealthy. The government has promised that new universities will be socially inclusive and will modernise the education system.