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.
|Title of host publication||Crafting the Future of International Higher Education in Asia via Systems Change and Innovation Reimagining New Modes of Cooperation in the Post Pandemic|
|Editors||Angela Yung Chi HOU, Joshua SMITH, Ka Ho MOK, Chao-Yu GUO|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Jun 2023|
|Name||Higher Education in Asia: Quality, Excellence and Governance|
Accredited by the Ministry of Education of China, and accredited by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong
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.
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- Branch campus
- Hong Kong
- Greater Bay Area (GBA)
- Higher education