World-Class Universities

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Top universities operating at the cutting edge of intellectual and scientific development at the global level.

Defining World-Class Universities

Within the higher education system, research universities play a critical role in training the professionals, high-level specialists, scientists, and researchers needed by the economy and in generating new knowledge in support of the national innovation system (World Bank 2002). In this context, an increasingly pressing priority of many governments is to make sure that their top universities are considered as “world-class,” meaning that they actually operate at the cutting edge of intellectual and scientific development, as recognized by the global rankings. This discussion focuses exclusively on research-intensive universities, a small but very important part of any nation’s higher education system. These universities produce most of the research, are...


High Education System Peer Review Process Global Ranking Excellence Initiative Shanghai Ranking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Diego Portales UniversitySantiagoChile
  2. 2.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA