The Challenge of Establishing World-Class Universities in Emerging Countries

Date: 27 July 2015
Other languages: Русский язык |
Jamil Salmi, Global Tertiary Education Expert
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 lecture 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. 
Until recently, Jamil Salmi, a Moroccan education economist, served as the coordinator of the World Bank's tertiary education program. Salmi was the principal author of a recent Tertiary Education Strategy entitled "Constructing Knowledge Societies: New Challenges for Tertiary Education" and more recently authored "The Challenge of Establishing World Class Universities."  Over the past seventeen years, he has provided policy advice on tertiary education reform to the governments of over 60 countries around the world. Salmi has also guided the strategic planning efforts of several public and private universities. Salmi is a member of the Governing Board of the International Institute for Educational Planning, the International Advisory Network of the UK Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, and the Editorial Committee of OECD’s Journal of Higher Education Management and Policy.
The presentation will be in English. Russian translation provided upon prior request.
Location and Time
27 July 2015, 11:00 am, University of Central Asia, 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, 2nd Floor Conference Room.
Please RSVP to with your name and affiliation. Please indicate if you require Russian translation.
* The views presented in this lecture are those of the presenter and not necessarily those of the University of Central Asia or any of its staff


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