Paths to a World-Class University

Lessons from Practices and Experiences

  • Nian Cai Liu
  • Qi Wang
  • Ying Cheng

Part of the Global Perspectives on Higher Education book series (GPHE, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. The Role of World-Class Universities in National Systems

  3. Institutional Practices of Building World Class-Universities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. John T. Casteen III
      Pages 139-157
    3. Etienne Zé Amvela
      Pages 159-175
    4. Dimitrios Noukakis, Jean-François Ricci, Martin Vetterli
      Pages 177-193
    5. Colin Grant
      Pages 237-246
    6. Osama S. Tayeb, Zoheir A. Damanhouri
      Pages 275-281
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 283-294

About this book


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.


Higher Education

Editors and affiliations

  • Nian Cai Liu
    • 1
  • Qi Wang
    • 1
  • Ying Cheng
    • 1
  1. 1.Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityP.R. China

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