Vietnam campus outnumbers world universities' overseas branches

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An Australian-owned university in Vietnam has been ranked first among 200 international branch campuses in terms of student numbers in a report recently released by a British organization.

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) International University Vietnam topped the list with more than 5,000 students recorded at the time of the survey, the university said in a press release on Friday, noting that the figure now has now surpassed 6,000.

Professor Merilyn Liddell, president of the campus, was quoted as saying that the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education's report also showed that while its tuition fees are relatively high for Vietnam, they are in fact at the lower end of the spectrum for international universities worldwide.

The press release also quoted the report as saying that the Australia's Monash University campus in Malaysia, and the UK's Nottingham University campus in China were also amongst the top five.

"It's notable that universities originating from Australia feature very prominently on the Top 15 list, even though they make up only six percent of the total of all universities with international branch campuses 12 out of 200, in contrast to 78 universities linked to institutions in the US," Liddell said in the statement.

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The first fully foreign-owned university licensed to operate in Vietnam, RMIT opened its first campus in 2001 in Ho Chi Minh City. It now has a second campus in Hanoi.

Meanwhile, the Observatory is a global strategic services organization that conducts research related to cross-border higher education programs. It currently has more than 150 organizational members from over 70 countries.

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