Utah moves ahead with South Korea campus

University of Utah trustees signed off on a plan last week to open the institution's first international branch campus, in a project subsidised by the South Korean government, writes Lindsay Whitehurst for The Salt Lake Tribune.

"We see it as an opportunity for us to enhance our global footprint," said Michael Hardman, interim senior vice-president for academic affairs. Planned as a campus for several Western universities located in a multibillion-dollar privately developed city, Songdo Global University has faltered in recent years as American universities dropped out of the project.

The University of Delaware ended its involvement after a survey found Korean students couldn’t or wouldn’t pay the fees needed to offer classes there. North Carolina State also pulled out three years ago, and the University of Southern California halted its plans last year, both citing tight budgets. But four Western universities remain committed to the US$350 million campus.
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