LAOS: China to open its first overseas campus

Soochow University, Laos, an overseas affiliate of Soochow University, Suzhou, in Jiangsu province of eastern China, is expected to officially open in 2012 and will be the first overseas university run by a higher education institution from mainland China, the official newspaper People's Daily reports.

Starting a school outside China is an important strategy for Soochow University to develop into a world-renowned university, the newspaper commented. Soochow University began education cooperation with Laos in 2007 and has since been laying the groundwork for the opening of the affiliate. In 2010, the university obtained the approval of the Laos government to provide undergraduate and graduate education in the country, becoming the first foreign educational institution to gain such approval.

Wang Jiexian, Director of the representative office of Soochow University in Laos, said it had US$25 million in investment, with Soochow University the main investor. Initially Soochow University will send Chinese teachers to Laos, but will gradually employ more local teachers. Soochow University has more than 50,000 students in China, including some 1,300 international students.
Full report on the People's Daily site