China setting up first university campuses abroad

In the capital of tropical Laos, two dozen students who see their future in trade ties with neighbouring China spent the academic year attending Mandarin classes in a no-frills, rented room. It’s the start of China’s first, and almost certainly not its last, university campus abroad, reports Didi Tang for AP.

China has been on the receiving end of the globalisation of education, with Western institutions rushing to China to set up shop. Now it’s stepping out. In addition to the emerging Laos branch campus of Soochow University, there are plans for what may become one of the world’s largest overseas branch campuses in Malaysia and an agreement by a Chinese university to explore a joint campus with a British university in London.
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