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Title:Transnational higher education: offshore campuses in the Middle East
Author(s):Miller-Idriss, Cynthia; Hanauer, Elizabeth
higher education
Middle East
branch campus
Abstract:This paper maps the landscape of transnational higher education in the Middle East, focusing in particular on the recent expansion of satellite, branch, and offshore educational institutions and programs that foreign institutions have set up in the region. Of the estimated 100 branch campuses currently operating world- wide, over one-third are in the Arab region and the majority have opened within the last decade; two dozen additional transnational programs and universities exist in the region as well. Very little research has been conducted on these new institutions, however, raising many questions for scholars in education. This paper traces reasons for the rapid growth of the transnational higher education model in the Arab states and discusses the explanatory power for this phenomenon of the two major prevailing theories in comparative and international education. We argue that neither neoinstitutional theories about global norm diffusion nor culturalist theories about the local politics of educational borrowing and transfer sufficiently explain this phenomenon, and call instead for a regional approach. We also raise questions for further inquiry.
Issue Date:2011-05
Publisher:Comparative Education
Citation Info:Miller-Idriss, Cynthia and Elizabeth Hanauer (2011) ‘Transnational higher education: Offshore campuses in the Middle East’, Comparative Education, 47:2, 181-207
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-09-26

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