A British university has been accused of ‘wasting money’ after opening a sister campus on Mauritius – only to close it just two years later over lack of demand, said the UK’s Daily Mail.
Aberystwyth University built the overseas site to accommodate 2,000 students, but only 106 enrolled in its second year. Only 40 enrolled in the first year, it said.
The institution – which has to make £6milllion saving this year – made a loss of nearly £200,000 from the venture during the first 12 months, according to its latest figures.
Opened in 2015, its degree courses include criminal law, business finance and computer science and the university has spent about £600,000 on the venture, mostly on staff.
In October it was announced that 11 academic jobs were to be lost at Aberystwyth in a bid to make £6 million savings in the current financial year.
This week, it emerged the governing body of the institution has decided it will ‘not enrol further intakes of students’ at the branch campus from March 2018.
The closure plans, discovered by BBC’s Newyddion 9 programme, emerged after information was disclosed in minutes from the university’s council meeting in October.