TRANSNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION AND 21st CENTURY EDUCATION
US Transnational Microcampuses across Asia: Research and Contextualization
The effectiveness of transnational higher education requires appropriate contextualization, and avoiding a one size fits all model. The University of Arizona has launched three microcampuses across Asia: Qingdao, China; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Jakarta, Indonesia. This session explores the research that has been conducted based on the students, faculty, and administrators at each UA microcampus in Asia. The session will interest administrators, faculty, and researchers. It will cover the following topics: 1. The microcampus model across Asia. Where does the UA deliver TNHE in Asia and why were these non-traditional locations selected? What considerations need to be made when working with partners in various contexts across Asia? 2. The research: There is a crucial partnership between the administrators of microcampuses and the home university’s researchers to assess, develop, and refine microcampus programs. This session will focus on how researchers can help institutions understand more deeply the contexts in which TNHE programs are being delivered. Researchers can also assist institutions to more effectively and appropriately manage the implementation and delivery of TNHE programs, making them more attractive to potential students and better able to meet the needs of students during the 4th Industrial Revolution in Asia.
• Demonstrate a thorough understanding of this new transnational higher education model, micro-campuses, including how it compares with existing alternatives • Explore research-based approaches designed to assess the micro-campus model and how researchers can assist TNHE providers to appropriately contextualize TNHE in different locations • Understand how TNHE cannot operate as one size fits all, and how students’ motivations for pursuing TNHE vary across countries and cultures • Explore how research can be embedded into the delivery and implementation of TNHE in Asia, and where new avenues for research have emerged
Ms Hillary Vance
Director, Southeast Asia Programs
Office of International Education
The University of Arizona
Hillary Vance is the Director of Southeast Asia Programs at the University of Arizona and oversees UA microcampuses in Cambodia and Indonesia. Vance is a PhD candidate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona, where she studies transnational higher education in Southeast Asia.
Prof Brent White
Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Dean of Global Campuses and International Education,
The University of Arizona,
Brent White is Dean of Global Campuses, Interim Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. In these roles, Brent leads UA Global, which includes the Global Micro-Campus Network, study abroad, international admissions, international partnerships, and support for international students, faculty and scholars.