The Challenge of Establishing. World-Class Universities

Jamil Salmi
The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank

“Governments are becoming increasingly aware of the important contribution that high performance, world-class universities make to global competitiveness and economic growth. There is growing recognition, in both industrial and developing countries, of the need to establish one or more world-class universities that can compete effectively with the best of the best around the world. Contextualizing the drive for world-class higher education institutions and the power of international and domestic university rankings, this book outlines possible strategies and pathways for establishing globally competitive universities and explores the challenges, costs, and risks involved. Its findings will be of particular interest to policy makers, university leaders, researchers, and development practitioners.”
“The Challenge of Establishing World-Class Universities is an outstanding and concise analysis of the real problems of establishing research universities in a global context. Research intensive universities are special institutions, and Salmi explains the challenges and accomplishments of these key institutions.” —Philip G. Altbach Monan University Professor Boston College
“Since we become what we measure, we all have an enormous stake in the global competition to establish world-class universities. This new book by Jamil Salmi, internationally acclaimed authority on what it takes to be a world-class university, should be required reading for boards of trustees, presidents, rectors, and others responsible for leadership in higher education." —Richard K. Miller President Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering