Vietnam has featured at the top of a list of universities with campuses in different countries, in a report just published in Britain.
RMIT International University Vietnam heads the global list of the top 15 ‘international branch campuses’ in terms of student numbers, with more than 5,000 students recorded at the time of publication. (It is now more than 6,000.)
The report has just been published by The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, an organisation which shares information amongst universities around the world.
The latest 2012 report notes a strong shift to the Asian region amongst universities establishing and expanding campuses in locations away from their original home sites.
“We’re pleased to see that the success of RMIT Vietnam in attracting students is being recognised in such a prestigious international publication,” RMIT Vietnam President Professor Merilyn Liddell said today.
“It’s notable that universities originating from Australia feature very prominently on the Top 15 list, even though they make up only six per cent of the total of all universities with international branch campuses – 12 out of 200, in contrast to 78 universities linked to institutions in the United States.
“Australian linked universities have a much higher share of the global education market than the comparative total of all these institutions would suggest. They are relatively few in number, but they are bigger and arguably more successful on average.”
Australia’s Monash University and the UK’s Nottingham University also feature in the top five, for their campuses in Malaysia and China respectively, while AMA International University in Bahrain (linked to a Philippines based group) is placed fourth.
Professor Liddell said another interesting feature of the global comparison of campuses was that RMIT Vietnam’s tuition fees, while relatively high by Vietnamese standards, were at the lower end of the scale for international university fees across all countries.
“This confirms our belief that we are providing an international standard of university education with internationally recognised qualifications, at a cost which compares very favourably with comparable institutions – and certainly at much lower cost than going to Australia to study.”
The website of the Observatory on Borderless higher Education can be found at http://www.obhe.ac.uk/.