Modelling the branch campus establishment abroad in the development of university internationalisation

Eglė Girdzijauskaitė

Doctoral dissertation

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It is argued in literature that the competitiveness of higher education institutions (HEIs) will increasingly depend on their ability to operate internationally in the near future (Delgado-Márquez et al., 2013; De Haan, 2014; De Wit, 2010; Graf, 2009). The emergence of entrepreneurial university phenomena as well as a shift in movement from students to the movement of programmes and universities lead to the emergence of one of the riskiest and unexplored entry modes to international markets in higher education – international branch campus (IBC). Risk reduction strategies of IBC establishment are analysed and suggested in this thesis.

The object of present study is international development of HEIs using a branch campus, thus addressing the problem of the lack of comprehensive theoretical and practical frameworks of transnational education activities. The aim of the thesis is to develop a decision support model for international branch campus establishment enhancing the university competitiveness in the foreign market.

The dissertation consists of the introduction, three chapters, general conclusions and 8 annexes. Chapter 1 reviews literature on the contemporary issues of internationalisation of higher education focusing on IBC management. Internationalisation theories and foreign market entry modes are analysed in business and higher education. The chapter is finalised with the formulation of the scientific problem of the dissertation.

Chapter 2 starts of by reviewing the research methodology for the development of the decision support model for IBC establishment enhancing the university competitiveness. Further, the empirical research for the development of the decision support model is presented. The following research methods have been used: analysis of statistical data, 4 expert surveys (3 on IBC development, 1 on networking), Delphi method, multicriteria decision support method (FARE), semi structured interviews, and computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDAS) using Nvivo software.

Chapter 3 suggests and explains in detail the decision support model for the establishment of IBC. The model is based on the synergy of theoretical and empirical research results. During the theoretical analysis of the thesis, the theoretical basis of the model was formed, which was reasoned, elaborated and validated by the empirical research with the participation of four international expert groups. The model itself is presented in the third chapter, describing its empirical validation, as well as revealing the perspectives and limitations of its application. Also the model approbation is presented.

9 scientific articles focusing on the subject discussed in the dissertation have been issued (3 in international journals, 6 in international conference proceedings) and 1 chapter in a book published abroad.

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