What a Branch Campus Is: A Revised Definition

  • Stephen Wilkins
  • Laura Rumbley
Keywords: International branch campuses, offshore campuses, satellite campuses, definition, transnational higher education, cross-border higher education


Although international branch campuses have become an established part of the cross-border higher education landscape, there is still debate about what an international branch campus actually is. The purpose of this article is to propose a revised definition of “international branch campus” that is clearer and more implementable than existing definitions. To achieve this goal, we considered how the terms “branch” and “campus” are used in business and higher education, and then identified the core features of these campuses.

Author Biographies

Stephen Wilkins

Stephen Wilkins is an associate professor in business management at the British University in Dubai, UAE. 

Laura Rumbley

Laura E. Rumbley is assistant professor of the practice and associate director at the Center for International Higher Education, Boston College, US. 

How to Cite
Wilkins, S., & Rumbley, L. (2018). What a Branch Campus Is: A Revised Definition. International Higher Education, 2(93), 12-14. https://doi.org/10.6017/ihe.0.93.10416
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