The University of California at Berkeley announced last week it was indefinitely suspending plans to build a planned global higher education hub “due to the continued need to address significant budgetary challenges confronting the university.” The hub had been proposed by Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, who earlier this month announced plans to resign from his post amid growing faculty frustrations, an inquiry into alleged misuse of public funds involving personal use of a fitness trainer without payment, and criticisms of the university’s handling of sexual harassment allegations.
Dirks announced plans for the “Berkeley Global Campus” on 130 acres of land the university owns in Richmond Bay in late 2014. Berkeley had hoped to attract leading foreign institutions and private industry partners to establish satellite locations on the land, which is located about 10 miles from the main campus. Without any state funding earmarked for the purpose, Berkeley was counting on would-be university and corporate partners and private donors to bring the capital to develop the imagined campus.
Berkeley said in its announcement that it will “continue to explore options for the site that reflect new priorities for the campus around enrollment growth and housing in the near future.”
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