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Check This: Exporting US Universities

It was so gorgeous yesterday that as I was walking around, I thought my whole town looked just like one of those glossy college viewbooks — you know the idyllic pictures of students lounging on the grass, being studious. I inhaled those when I was picking a college. Apparently, that US shiny-student lifestyle is the new hot export.

According to the New York Times, US universities are racing each other to set up outposts abroad — and their campuses are becoming neighbors all over the Middle East. In the Persian Gulf country of Qatar, students can head to "Education City" and study medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, international affairs at Georgetown, computer science and business at Carnegie Mellon, fine arts at Virginia Commonwealth, engineering at Texas A&M, and coming soon, journalism at Northwestern.

To find out why colleges are rushing to take extended trips abroad,

Overseas programs can:

  • Help American universities raise their profiles.
  • Build international relationships and attract top research talent who, in turn, may attract grants and produce patents.
  • Gain access to a new pool of tuition-paying students, just as the number of college-age Americans is about to decline.

But not everyone is wild about the idea. Dana Rohrabacher (R- CA) is reluctant. “I’m someone who believes that Americans should watch out for Americans first. It’s one thing for universities here to send professors overseas and do exchange programs, which do make sense, but it’s another thing to have us running educational programs overseas.”

What do you think? Do we raise our profile by sharing our educational system? Or should we hunker down and make sure we educate at home the top priority?


designergirl designergirl 9 years
In some of my college classes, I have honestly felt that about half the students shouldn't have been there. With the shoddy high school and college standards today, education at home needs to be the top priority. That said, however, schools should work in conjunction with foreign universities, but not build abroad.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
I went to Texas A&M, and I think they are for one probably trying to broaden their appeal and increase diversity. They are well known for being very conservative and mostly white. Also, it's a given that many brilliant engineers come from foreign countries. That is great for the school to expand, but if they have to look outside the US for top students, what does that say? It may not say anything at all, besides the fact that they just want to expand. But it's a thought. It's growing increasingly competitive for US students to get into college, much less pay for it. I guess overall I am for it. The world is getting smaller and smaller because of technology, affecting communication, travel, and interaction. I think that this closer contact with very different cultures can cause conflict if we don't learn to coexist. It seems like an institution of higher learning would be a better way to do this than through corporations.
annebreal annebreal 9 years
My school has a campus in Greece and from my friends that have gone there, it's great for being drunk and stoned an entire semester because the academics there are a cake walk compared to here, plus we've had some bad press at the expense of a scandal at the other school. All that said, I think it can be a great thing.
Megatron Megatron 9 years
I got to a CSU JessNess. I totally agree with your sentiments. It's about money, not a quality education.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
*disgusted with the finical affairs
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I wouldn't go to those schools. If Im going to do a school aboard I want to go to a school that is that country. Going aboard allows you to interact with new students and learn your subject from a different perspective. I currently go to a UC and am overall disgusted to the finical affairs of universities. Everything is about money and not education.
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