Universities expand overseas to overcome economic crisis

Three leading Lebanese universities are looking to profit from the country’s educational reputation by establishing educational hubs elsewhere in the region, writes Samar Kadi for Al-Fanar Media.

Two institutions are branching out to Cyprus: the American University of Beirut will establish a ‘twin’ campus in Paphos, and the University of Balamand is teaming up with the University of Central Lancashire-Cyprus to establish a faculty of medicine in Larnaca. The Lebanese American University is considering setting up a branch campus in Baghdad, but is also assessing other locations.

The American University of Beirut (AUB) was planning to expand beyond Lebanon even before the country’s economic collapse three years ago. “We want to have a substantial and larger presence online in addition to re-emphasising AUB’s regional role and its global presence,” Imad Baalbaki, the university’s vice president for advancement and business development, told Al-Fanar Media. “AUB has a great brand name across the region, but at this point in time, foreign students are not attracted to Lebanon, but to an AUB outside Lebanon.”
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