Are US branch campuses paying off for Gulf states? – Study

Over the past 20 years, Arab Gulf states have managed to attract a large number of foreign universities to open branch campuses in the region. However, the cost of these institutions’ existence appears to highly exceed the knowledge return they provide, a recently published study concluded, writes Amr EL-Tohamy for Al-Fanar Media.

“There is a huge gap between the intended goals and the actual fulfilment of the purposes for which they were founded,” said Christopher Davidson, the study’s author and a former professor of Middle East politics at Durham University in England.

Some academics were quick to disagree with the study’s results, however, saying the campuses bring both tangible and intangible benefits to the region and play a vital role in advancing research, education and diversity.
Full report on the Al-Fanar Media site