Fully Independent Germany Campus – MOU Signed
Fachhochschule Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences (BUAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hainan Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in August. This will be the first foreign campus in Hainan FTZ and also the first time a German public university operates an overseas campus (based on Chinese media). BUAS is the largest applied university in Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany, offering both bachelor and diploma degrees, it has established industry collaborations with over 400 enterprises. The China campus will offer both Bachelor and Master programs in Economics of Information, Economics of Enterprises, Logistic Intelligent, Automation, Data Science, etc. Hainan FTZ promised visa-free and tax preferential treatment to BUAS staff. The first intake is expected to take place in 2021.
Most of the international campuses in China are within the campus of a Chinese university and shadowed under a Chinese university’s administrative infrastructure. Few have gained the status of “independent legal entity”. The latest foreign universities who have gained independence are Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (2015) and Shenzhen MSU-BIT University (Mosco State University and Beijing Industry and Technology University)（2016). According to the Chinese Sino-Foreign Joint Institutions and Joint Programs Law, no fully foreign-owned education institution is permitted to be established in China; the legal structure of BUAS campus is still to be revealed.
Hainan FTZ’s preferential policy has also been noticed by other joint programs, including the possibility of Central Ethnic University (Minzu)’s joint program with New York Film Academy.