The University of Newcastle is planning to expand its campus from the north east to the Far East! The University, situated on the river Tyne, has decided to open a new campus in Malaysia at a cost of £5m where students from the region can get a British education without having to move to the UK. The degrees are also cheaper, about 2/3rds of the price of the UK degree, and Professor Reg Jordan, who will be head of the Malaysian branch, said “We are trying to take UK higher education to the customer”.
This is the latest in a recent trend of Universities looking to export British education to the rest of the world. The trend was begun by Nottingham University which opened a campus on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur in 2005. The University of Queen Mary in Belfast recently secured a deal to link with Indian universities, Hull University has announced it is exploring the possibility of a campus in Malaysia and even schools such Marlborough College in Wiltshire are considering moving into foreign markets.