The university said it is “exploring a range of options” for the 68,000 square-foot complex in the Suzhou Industrial Park that opened in 2012. Some training programs may continue at the institute, a UD spokeswoman said.
Former UD president Dan Curran, who led the school when the institute was established, said the decision to end academic programs there is a reflection of shifting priorities in higher education.
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Curran said it was always difficult to convince faculty to spend a semester at the institute in China. He also thought that increasing difficulties in recruiting international students likely played a role in the decision to cease academic operations at the institute.
“Certainly I’m sad to see any project that had a lot of promise end,” Curran said. “But, there are a lot of choices to be made and it’s a different environment than it was then.”
The university spent more than $2.2 million in 2016 on “program services” at an international campus described as being in “East Asia and the Pacific,” according to UD’s most recent form 990.
This is a developing story and we’ll update this page with new details as they become available.
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