CMU may open branch in Australia
Carnegie Mellon has begun a process to create an academic presence in Australia. On Friday, South Australian Premier Mike Rann signed a Heads of Agreement with CMU and iCarnegie, a subsidy of the University. The agreement is one step towards the creation of a fourth University branch in Adelaide, which would be the first private university in South Australia.
If this new university is to be built, Carnegie Mellon will likely offer or assist in specialized postgraduate programs in computer science, information technology, and public administration, according to a press release issued by the University. There is also interest in creating programs in business and trade; as a result, the Heinz School and iCarnegie are considered ideal choices for the branch. iCarnegie is an educational affiliate of Carnegie Mellon that operates in a number of countries, offering software development programs.
Carnegie Mellon has already extended its programs to other countries. In addition to the recently opened Qatar campus, Carnegie Mellon offers programs in Germany, England, Taiwan, Greece, and Singapore. Whereas the Qatar campus is an entire campus where Carnegie Mellon offers a four-year undergraduate education, Carnegie Mellon plays significantly reduced roles at the other campuses. At the Singapore Management University, Carnegie Mellon provides assistance but does not offer courses or a degree.
According to University Public Relations Director Teresa Sokol Thomas, this potential project will be more similar to the latter programs than the former.
This partnership has been roughly a year in the making. According to Provost Mark Kamlet, both iCarnegie CEO Allan Fischer and Heinz School dean Mark Wessel have recently traveled to South Australia.
Rann also traveled to Pittsburgh to sign the agreement. The Premier stated that special legislation to establish the university will be introduced into State Parliament next year. Having signed this agreement, Carnegie Mellon and the government of South Australia will conduct a feasibility study.
According to Kamlet, ?In terms of benefiting Carnegie Mellon, there doubtless could be benefits from interactions with the new university in South Australia, in having the name and presence of Carnegie Mellon known and appreciated in a region we otherwise might not.?
Premier Rann believes that ?this is a real coup for [Adelaide].?
Kamlet also said that ?it was very pleasing to see the high regard that the Premier of South Australia and his colleagues have [for] Carnegie Mellon.?