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About 180,000 students worldwide are enrolled in international branch campuses, according to highlights released from a forthcoming report by the Observatory on Borderless Education and the Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT) at the State University of New York at Albany. Steady growth in new campuses has continued: a total of 66 international branch campuses were founded from 2011 to 2015, compared to 67 between 2006 and 2010. There were about 250 total international branch campuses at the end of 2015.

China is the main host country for branch campuses, followed by the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Malaysia and Qatar, which collectively are home to 100 international branch campuses. The top five home countries -- the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France and Australia -- account for 180 of the campuses.

The full report is scheduled to be presented next month at an Observatory event in Malaysia.