UK University To Open Thailand Campus
The University of Central Lancashire will become the first UK University to open a campus in Thailand. The University announced on Thursday a deal with Thai entrepreneur Sitichai Charoenkajonkul.
It is set to open the campus in Bangkok and claims it is the first University from the UK to open a full campus in the country, despite many other UK institutions having strong links with Universities in the Far East.
The planned campus will open in the Thai capital becoming the University’s fourth beside its Preston and Burnley campuses in Lancashire and Westlakes campus in Cumbria. The University will invest £7.5 million in the venture which aims to open in June 2014. The Bangkok campus will take in an influx of 5000 students in its initial ten years.
The move follows an increasing trend of ‘globalisation’ for UK Universities. Newcastle and Nottingham Universities have campuses in Malaysia whilst the University College London has a campus based in Qatar.
Opening campuses abroad allows Universities to establish a global brand and encourage development in those areas, whilst also meeting Asian demand for Higher Education. The host countries benefit from keeping young people who would otherwise migrate abroad in search of qualifications.
Courses will be taught in English and accredited by the University but will be targeted primarily at students from Thailand itself. However courses such as BA (Hons) Far Eastern Fashion Design, currently taught in Burnley will now allow prospective students to travel to Bangkok to study.