With overseas demand for an American education skyrocketing, US universities are racing to go global, reports the New York Times. Many schools are building foreign branch campuses, where students, especially in the Middle East, can skip over to Abu Dhabi and return home with an NYU degree—without mastering culture shock. Universities use the added presence to build international prestige and draw star professors.
Further, as the US student-age population declines, schools can “make a few bucks,” says one university boss. But not everybody's gung-ho. “The risk is that we couldn’t deliver the same quality education that we do here, and that it would mean diluting our faculty strength,” says UPenn's president.