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Paths to a World-Class University

Lessons from Practices and Experiences

2011 - 328 pages

Nian Cai Liu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, P.R. China) and Ying Cheng (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, P.R. China) (Eds.)

ISBN Paperback: 9789460913532 ($ 54.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789460913549 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789460913556

Subject: Higher Education

Number 23 of the series: Global Perspectives on Higher Education

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Paths to a World-Class University

Within higher education, world-class universities are regarded as elite research universities and play a critical role in developing human resources and generating new knowledge in the context of a knowledge-based economy. Governments around the world have made the operation of their universities at the cutting edge of intellectual and scientific development their policy priority; and top universities make every effort to compete at this global stage. “Paths to A World-Class University” provides insights into recent and ongoing experiences of building world-class universities, both at a national level and at an institutional level. It collects fifteen essays, most of which originated from papers presented at “The Third International Conference on World-Class Universities”, held in November 2009 in Shanghai, China, and organised by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Divided into two parts, the book: - focuses on the role of world-class universities in national systems; and - looks at institutional experiences and lessons in building world-class universities. This book not only represents a contribution to the ongoing discussion on the topic of building world-class universities, but can be seen a continuation of the previous two volumes on this topic - “World-Class Universities and Ranking: Aiming beyond Status” and “The World-Class University as Part of a New Higher Education Paradigm: From Institutional Qualities to Systemic Excellence”. All three books will be useful reading for students and academics in higher education generally, in addition to policy makers and informed practitioners.
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