UA Lima at La Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas and UA Mauritius at the University of Mauritius are on track to accept their first students in the fall of 2019, joining an expanding network of UA micro-campuses worldwide. Split evenly between the two new locations, the funding will underwrite startup costs for things such as course development, training, and renovations.
UA already has fully operational sites in Qingdao, China; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Amman, Jordan. As part of a comprehensive international strategy, the university plans to establish a total of twenty micro-campuses in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East by 2025. Academic programs at the new campuses will be delivered in partnership with other universities and will be co-taught by UA professors. Students who meet UA admissions standards can enroll at a micro-campus and earn a joint degree from UA and the partner university, including accelerated master's degree options.
"The [University of Arizona] is working to set the standard for global universities, and this gift from the Thomas R. Brown Foundations will help us advance one of the world's most affordable, accessible, and expansive networks for education and research," said Brent White, UA vice provost for global affairs and dean of global campuses and international education. "The micro-campuses in Mauritius and Peru will be self-sustaining in a year, providing a new revenue stream for...UA while opening doors to economic opportunities to thousands of students worldwide."