The Chinese government has approved Kean University’s preliminary plans to establish a degree-granting branch campus in Zhejiang Province, officials from the Union Township-based school said today.
The branch campus would begin as a three-year pilot program between Kean and Wenzhou University, with Chinese provincial and municipal governments funding the construction and operation. The Chinese Ministry of Education authorized an investment of 1.5 billion Chinese yuan — the equivalent of about $236 million — for the project.
Meanwhile, Kean would maintain academic control of the campus, making all curriculum and hiring decisions, said Kean University President Dawood Farahi.
"It doesn’t cost us a penny," Farahi said. "It helps us with our reputation, and it has financial advantages in internationalizing our curriculum and bringing in some revenue. But above all, it gives our students — many of them are the first in their family to get a college degree — an opportunity to go study in China for absolutely not a penny more than they pay here."