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The Observatory for Higher Education (OBHE) and Cross-Border Education Research team (C-Bert) have released their newest, joint report on International Branch Campuses: Trends and Developments 2016. The findings of this fifth edition offer a comprehensive overview of International Brach Campuses (IBS) worldwide, degrees and programmes offered, student numbers and reveal those top providers and host countries currently driving growth of the sector.
Currently 249 IBCs are distributed over more than 70 countries, the period of 2011-2015 saw the establishment of 66 new IBCs, a growth of about 26% , although absolute growth numbers have remained rather steady over the last ten years.Major findings include:
Overall IBCs continue on an upward slope across the world, where the report finds this growth largely driven by providers in the US and Europe and around half of IBCs currently in the making will export US or UK education. There are still many facets to be explored of developmental trends in the field and the second part of this report will address in 2017 motivations and measures of success, through interviews with institutional leaders in IBCs across the world.International Branch Campuses: Trends and Developments 2016 – Full report