The World-Class University: Concept and Policy Initiatives

  • Jung Cheol Shin
Part of the The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective book series (CHAC, volume 6)


In the 2000s, many countries joined the global race to build a world-class university (WCU) in the knowledge society. These initiatives have been institutionalized in many countries including European and Latin-American countries as well in Asia. However, the concept of a world-class university is complicated to define although WCU is a hot issue for policymakers and academics. This chapter defines WCU from a conceptual and practical point of view. Institutionalization processes are discussed from the government policy level to the individual faculty level, and the challenges that a WCU brings are also discussed. Finally, this chapter discusses the future of current WCUs and proposed future discussion for diversified models for higher education institutions.


High Education Institution Policy Initiative High Education System Subject Knowledge Global Ranking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EducationSeoul National UniversitySeoulRepublic of (South Korea)

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