The University of Birmingham's plan to open a campus in Dubai is the latest example of universities expanding with international branches.
Vice-chancellor Sir David Eastwood said the campus in the Gulf would show the university's "global mission".
The first phase of Birmingham's new outpost in the United Arab Emirates will open in the autumn.
But most of the undergraduate and graduate courses, to be taught in English, will run from autumn 2018.
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