Chronicle Review: Branch campuses make U.S. universities more globally interconnected, bring with them new problems

With a rising number of branch campuses abroad, especially in China, U.S. colleges and universities are increasingly becoming interconnected worldwide but are also encountering new problems, according to a recent article by the Chronicle Review.

Citing a report by the American Council on Education (ACE), the Chronicle Review notes that universities including the University of California, Berkeley, as well as Duke and Yale, are the latest examples of U.S. colleges expanding into a world that “increasingly operates across sovereign borders. Just as countries have become more interconnected worldwide, so, too, have colleges and universities.”

However, “that interconnectedness has been controversial for American branch campuses in countries with records of oppressive governance, human-rights violations, and curtailment of academic freedom,” the Chronicle Review adds.

The article features the thoughts about the ethics and finances of U.S. branch campuses abroad by a group of leading thinkers, including the President of Duke University and several professors at other renowned U.S. universities.

Several U.S. universities have already opened branch campuses abroad, including NYU’s branch campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, Yale University’s branch campus in Singapore, and Duke University’s branch campus in China (the Alliance reported).