When East Meets West: The success of universities who break ground in Asia
Source: George Mason Korea

A growing number of internationally-recognised universities have, in recent decades, set up campuses in Asia. These universities usually have home campuses in countries like the US, Europe or Australia.

The success of these extended campuses is noteworthy as students gain exposure to an international experience and receive the same education standards as these top tier universities.

The home and extended campus remain closely intertwined and, because of this, students pursue the same courses and experience the same curricula as students at the home campus.

Universities that establish branch campuses have the advantage of becoming truly global. This is true in location and in networks. The strong international ties fostered by these universities are extremely beneficial to students throughout their studies and beyond.

Universities with extended campuses in Asia create opportunities that spread. In a globalised world, exposure to people and cultures beyond your own is invaluable. A tertiary education is not only about the courses that you take and the grades that you get but also, fundamentally, about developing into a critically thinking individual. Extending what you’re exposed to beyond the everyday is a large part of creating a thoughtful and successful graduate.

Source: James Cook University

Those who graduate with international connections and understanding will be ready for the challenges of today’s world.

Western universities with campuses in Asia provide the same standard of education at a more affordable cost. This is an amazing advantage for learners who otherwise couldn’t afford to study abroad but are still looking for the advantage a top tier university can give.

These Asian campuses are truly diverse. With the internationalism of student body comes a wide range of experiences and ideas that are shared, and students are exposed to all of this when they attend the university.

Not only the student body is international in nature; faculty at these universities are experts and academics from a multitude of fields, bringing their knowledge and experience to these Asian campuses to share with eager students.

The connection between the home campus and their international counterpart creates the chance for students, in some cases, to pursue a semester or year abroad. This can enhance both the experience and industry connections for all who take part.

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Students who study at these Asia-based campuses become international graduates with connections that extend through dozens of countries. Employers can count on these graduates as the already possess a sound understanding of other people and cultures.

Graduates from these campuses evidence the success of the universities who break ground in Asia. The institutions mentioned below rank among these successes.


George Mason University’s commitment to providing students with global education extends to George Mason University Korea, part of the Incheon Global Campus, strategically located 25-miles from Seoul.

Envisioned by a pioneering spirit of innovation and creativity, George Mason University has become one of the world’s premier universities in less than 50 years.

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The Mason Korea Campus is located on the Incheon Global Campus, host to several leading international institutions. Over 500 international students represent 26 countries at GMU Korea, making the particularly diverse campus.

Choosing to study an undergraduate degree at GMU Korea means becoming part of a forward-thinking institution in stunning Songdo city. Undergraduate degrees are currently offered in a range of areas like Management, Accounting, Finance, Economics, Global Affairs, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and Computer Game Design.

Seven undergraduate majors are offered and students can pursue their sixth and seventh semester at the GMU Fairfax campus, ending their undergraduate degree equipped with real international exposure and strong global ties.

Graduate courses offered here prepare students for careers anywhere in the world. The Curriculum and Instruction (MEd) will give those who graduate the ability to teach in diverse international classrooms. The Systems Engineering (MS) emphasises both analytical and practical aspects of engineering systems, preparing graduates for professional careers.

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Ivey Business School develops global business leaders. The school nurtures international success across several campuses. The Ivey Business School campus in Asia is accomplished in its own right.

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Students who attend Ivey Business School Asia, located in Hong Kong, graduate as known strategic thinkers. They’re taught to think across several fields and enterprises. Those who attend the Ivey Asia campus become part of a network of over 25,000 alumni, spread over 103 countries around the globe.

The launch of the Ivey Asia campus is an example of the progressive thinking, with the school increasing its ties with China and boosting engagement in Asia. There are initiatives focused on Asian cases, plus Executive Education, Big Data and Analytics programs.

The school has built deep and broad networks, preparing students to become leaders in the region. Ivey has strong ties with China and has, therefore, increased China-Canada relations.

The Executive MBA offered at the Hong Kong campus is designed to allow busy professionals to advance their career and become distinctive decision makers. Case study-based learning gives those that take the course the chance to develop important skills. Instead of simply being lectured, those who graduate from the EMBA can be confident in how they practice their skills out in the world.


James Cook University is ranked among the top two percent of universities in the world and the Singapore campus is fully-owned by its Australian counterpart. The Singapore site forms part of the university’s internationalising activities.

Source: James Cook University

JCU’s Singapore campus offers students a wide range of facilities that support learning. They are also able to study both in Singapore and Australia while paying fees in Singapore currency. Here, students are able to achieve the best possible outcome from their studies.

JCU offers courses in a wide range of fields such as Business, Information Technology, Psychology, Education, Accounting, Arts, Aquaculture, Environmental Science, Games Design, Tourism and Hospitality.

Postgraduate degrees include Higher Degree by Research programs such as Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy.

The study environment here is collaborative while the degree each student receives is internationally-recognised. JCU aims to prepare students for maximum employability, helping will be them secure the right job once they graduate.

More than an education, this university seeks to provide a support network that helps students achieve beyond academics.

*Some of the institutions featured in this article are commercial partners of Study International

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