DIFFERENT BRANCHES OF THE SAME TREE: INVESTIGATING THE IMPORTANCE OF BRANCH CAMPUSES OF RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES
The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
The spread of research universities over the globe especially to areas such as Dubai has warranted further scholarly enquiry. This research set out to investigate the phenomenon of branch campuses of research universities in other countries. A qualitative research approach was used and complemented with an exploratory research design. The population for the study was branch campuses of research universities based in Dubai. A sample of four branch campuses were purposively selected for case studies via interviews. The data collected and analyzed revealed several interesting findings. The study found that there were various motivating factors for the establishment of branch campuses of research universities, but amongst the universities sampled: Amity University, Esmod University, Manipal University and Curtin University, the motivations were to promote research, to promote fashion education, to create diversity and exposure, and to increase the number of foreign students. In the case of Curtin University, the motivation was to provide high quality Australian education and to diversify the university’s revenue streams. The major challenges affecting the establishment of branch campuses of research universities had to do with infrastructure and government regulations.
research universities, United Arab Emirates (UAE), branch campuses