A Comparative Study of Hong Kong Branch Campuses in UIC and CUHK SZ : Motivations, Challenges, Impacts on Higher Education Regionalization in the Greater Bay Area

Christopher Hong Yi TAO*, Angela Yung-chi HOU

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Abstract

The number of International Branch Campuses (IBCs) increased globally from 72 in 2000 to 263 in 2017. China welcomed international branch campuses from the United Kingdom and the United States. Additionally, it encouraged eight Hong Kong universities to set up branch campuses in the Greater Bay Area. Hong Kong’s branch campuses cannot be fully regarded as international branch campuses but being as a catalyst for higher education regionalization in the Greater Bay Area. Therefore, this paper targets two Hong Kong branch campuses, UIC and CUHK (SZ) in China to explore varying motivations from home campuses, local and central governments, challenges encountered, and the impacts on the Greater Bay Area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCrafting the Future of International Higher Education in Asia via Systems Change and Innovation Reimagining New Modes of Cooperation in the Post Pandemic
EditorsAngela Yung Chi HOU, Joshua SMITH, Ka Ho MOK, Chao-Yu GUO
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Chapter4
Pages69-82
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789819918744
ISBN (Print)9789819918737
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameHigher Education in Asia: Quality, Excellence and Governance
PublisherSpringer
ISSN (Print)2365-6352
ISSN (Electronic)2365-6360

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Accredited by the Ministry of Education of China, and accredited by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong

Funding Information:
In order to facilitate regional integration in the GBA, local and central governments launched several alliances. In the “Plan for Promoting Higher Education Cooperation and Development in the GBA”, the Ministry of Education and the Guangdong government developed six alliances, including the “Engineering Union of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao Universities,” “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area University Open Online Course Alliance,” “Smart Campus Alliance of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao Universities,” “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area West Coast Science and Technology Innovation and Talent Training Cooperation Alliance,” and “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau University Alliance.” The Guangdong Hong Kong Macao University Alliance was established on November 15, 2016 (Huang, 2016). The alliance was initiated by Sun Yat-sen University and co-sponsored by the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Macau (Huang, 2016). CUHK-SZ is one of its members. Its main purposes include scientific research cooperation and exchanges, and mutual visits (Huang, 2016). Subsequently, in the “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development Plan” issued by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council On February 2019, universities in the GBA were encouraged to explore mutual recognition of specific course credits, to implement more flexible exchange programs, and to share scientific research results cooperation (Huang, 2016). Yet, UIC has not become a member of this alliance.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.

Keywords

  • Branch campus
  • Hong Kong
  • Greater Bay Area (GBA)
  • Higher education
  • regionalization
  • Regionalization

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