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Michigan State University shuts most of Dubai campus
All undergraduate programs are terminated immediately following huge losses.
July 6, 2010 2:35 by Samuel Potter
Michigan State University’s branch campus in Dubai is terminating all of its undergraduate programs immediately, reports the National.
The branch of the university, located in Dubai International Academic City, has lost millions of dollars since it opened two years ago, says the paper. The decision will affect more than 100 hundred students and 24 members of staff. The University’s sole master’s program in the region, in human resources and labor relations, will be maintained for the dozen students enrolled.
Although the campus was recently accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, a feasibility survey carried out by the university itself pinpointed areas of weakness, including low student recruitment, says the National.
“Our [financial] model was predicated on a greater number of students,” said Jeffrey Riedinger, the school’s dean of international studies. He said the project had lost millions of dollars in part because of its birth in the midst of a global economic downturn.
The paper quotes sources at the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai as saying a decision will be made in the coming days about what will happen to students and faculty members.
According to Riedinger, the first choice is for students to move to MSU’s American campus, but details are yet to be finalized. Those not wishing to move to the US would be able to transfer their existing credits elsewhere, says the paper.