U of Arizona creates "Micro-campuses" to address global demand for higher education

University of Arizona

University of Arizona

The University of Arizona (UA) is partnering with 11 universities to create "micro-campuses" around the world. With this initiative, the university aims to open doors for students unable to study in the United States by providing access to UA degrees in their home countries.

The university has publicly launched a Global Micro-Campus Network, which will be capable of educating more than 25,000 international students abroad, and is projected to grow to more than 25 University partnerships within three years.

"The University of Arizona is re-envisioning what it means to be an international university in a digital age," said UA President Ann Weaver Hart. "This unique model creates access to the world-class UA educational experience and will have positive impact for faculty and students at our main campus and at campuses around the world."

In each micro-campus, the partner university allows use of its physical campus and classrooms, and provides a designated space for the UA, which alleviates the need for new infrastructure. Also, the University of Arizona shares tuition with the partner university, reducing the costs for international students to receive a degree from a U.S. university. 

"Together, the University of Arizona and its international partners are answering the call for globally accessible degree programs, creating one of the world's most affordable, accessible and expansive networks for collaborative higher education," said Brent White, the UA's vice provost of International Education.

The two existing micro-campuses UA Qingdao at Ocean University of China and UA Phnom Penh at the American University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, offer a dual undergraduate law degree program and degree programs in business administration, civil engineering and law, respectively. 

The university announced its next 11 planned micro-campuses and their partner universities in Asia, the Middle East and North America:

  • UA Amman at Princess Sumaya University of Technology, Jordan
  • UA Bandung at Telkom University, Indonesia
  • UA Beirut at Lebanese International University, Lebanon
  • UA Hanoi at Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • UA Hualien City at Tzu Chi University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • UA Manila at De La Salle University, Philippines
  • UA Puebla at Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, Mexico
  • UA Shanghai at Shanghai University of Politics and Law, China
  • UA Sharjah at the University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • UA Shenzhen at the Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  • UA Taipei at Soochow University, Taiwan

Moreover, the university wants micro-campuses to act as hubs for joint faculty research and grant proposals. "One of the greatest strengths of the model is that it encourages multi-country collaborations," said Randy Burd, associate vice president for Global Research Alliances. "Instead of numerous one-to-one partnerships, the micro-campus network connects a web of partners. The effect is therefore collaboration instead of competition, and the creation of potential connections and projects between partners."

For more information, visit UA's micro-campus website