Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Napier Forced to Abandon Hong Kong Ambition

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Napier Forced to Abandon Hong Kong Ambition

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Edinburgh Napier University has confirmed that plans for a campus in Hong Kong have been scrapped after a souring of the city's political mood towards overseas university branches.

The decision follows the revelation in July last year that the project's unnamed financial backer had pulled its support for such a "contentious" initiative after locals objected to land being used for university outposts when housing was in such short supply. Minutes of a meeting held on 28 October 2013 by the institution's governing council reveal that the project was cancelled after an "assessment of the current political landscape in the region".

Edinburgh Napier had planned to set up its outpost on Hong Kong's 25-acre Queen's Hill site, which is earmarked for private branches of overseas universities.

However, there has been discontent in the city about handing over such a large site for this purpose when rents and property prices for locals are among the highest in the world. …

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