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My Comment on an Economist Article

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The Economist has an excellent article this week about African universities.  I have thought for some time that an African nation could “leap frog” part of its economic development by “virtual onshoring” intellectual goods to more developed economies, such as the United States.  I wrote about this in 2008, in an open letter to Paul Kagame.  And one of the areas that I think is most ripe for virtual onshoring, is that of having an online university from Africa enter into the U.S. market.   Unisa would be the most poised to do this, but I am afraid that their bureaucracy would hinder them, so when I found out about Gossy Ukanwoke from the article, I posted the following:

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April 13th, 2017 at 11:59 am

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Two Quick Case Studies of Where Virtual Onshoring has Come to Fruition

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While no university has truly worked to virtual onshore itself in a major way into the U.S. market, there are two places where I have seen virtual onshoring take off since I coined the term (although I won’t claim anyone uses my term!).   These are in physical goods that can be shipped internationally, and in services that can be delivered via the Internet.

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February 10th, 2016 at 12:59 pm

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How a Virtual Onshored University can break into the U.S. Market

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Yesterday, I posted about the concept of Virtual Onshoring, and how I believe that a university from a developing nation could use this concept to serve the U.S. market, which could lead to significant economic gains for the developing nation.  But how can they do this, and what is stopping them right now?  The following is a summary of what I see would be necessary to succeed.

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February 9th, 2016 at 11:59 am

What Virtual Onshoring Is, and Why Higher Education is Ripe for Virtual Onshored Universities

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I first coined the term Virtual Onshoring in an Open Letter I wrote to Paul Kagame of Rwanda, in 2008. The idea is simply that with power of the Internet, we are now a “global village”, and anyone who has intellectual goods or services in a developing nation, can sell them to customers in more developed nations, in a manner that would be no different than if they were actually located in the developed nation.  This could be very lucrative in the online higher education market, since the University of Phoenix alone makes over a 1/2 billion dollars per year in profit!

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February 8th, 2016 at 11:59 am

My comment on an Economist article about Virtual Onshoring Universities

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A few weeks back, The Economist had an excellent article talking about students going to college in other countries, and it surprised me that they didn’t talk about the idea of virtual onshoring (which I will be posting a series of articles about starting tomorrow.   Here are the comments I posted to their article:

It still seems amazing to me that there hasn’t been more “virtual onshoring” of online universities to lucrative markets, such as the United States. For instance, while the University of South Africa offers relative high quality doctoral programs at a fraction of the cost of U.S. universities, it has not done many of the relatively basic things (such as gaining U.S. accreditation) that would allow it to be much more successful, and potentially earn millions of dollars. Thus, I believe that whichever developing nation realizes that they could dramatically improve their economy through the virtual onshoring of education, they have a chance to dominate this niche.

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February 7th, 2016 at 5:37 pm

I registered for my Research Proposal Module with UNISA, costing $231.34

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I was successful in registering for the Research Proposal Module for my Doctor of Education degree in Comparative Education at the University of South Africa.  Amazingly, while this module will allow me to work with a high quality mentor professor for a year, it only cost me $231.34, due to the exchange rate between the South African Rand to the U.S. Dollar.  It is this cost differential between developing nations (such as South Africa) and the U.S. that has continued to bring me back to the idea that these nations should be doing Virtual Onshoring of their schools.

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February 6th, 2016 at 11:59 am

My Mixed Feelings on UNISA and South Africa

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Recently I received an email from a fellow scholar without a doctorate, who had read one of my blog entries about the University of South Africa (UNISA) and my work towards a doctorate.  I was going to just respond back to him directly, but I am one to want “more effect for the effort”, so I’m posting my current thoughts about UNISA, South Africa, and the interconnection between them.

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March 30th, 2015 at 10:00 am