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Cross-Border Activities of Colleges and Universities

15 December 2005

ABANA Review
Higher education is becoming an increasingly international endeavor. For many years a small number of universities incorporated in the United States have provided educational programs solely in the Arab world. In addition, many U.S. colleges and universities have participated in “study abroad” programs in which U.S. students study at a non-U.S. institution, generally for one year. More recently, American colleges and universities have been participating in various arrangements to provide students in the Arab world with in-country access to their educational programs as well as providing assistance to postsecondary educational institutions or other entities (including government-sponsored bodies) in establishing or expanding a variety of postsecondary educational programs. These arrangements include “branch campuses” of U.S. institutions in the Arab world, formal “affiliations” between U.S. and Arab world institutions, the provision of consulting services by U.S. institutions to Arab world institutions, and the offering of online educational programs by U.S. institutions to students located in the region. On the other side, certain postsecondary educational institutions in the Arab world have sought and secured accreditation of certain educational programs or the institution as a whole by American accrediting bodies. We expect that all of these activities will increase in the years to come. This article briefly discusses some of the principal issues faced by parties involved in these types of activities.

The team

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