Higher education: the curious case of Australia

LW Challenges, Chapters and other contributions

At least since the European Middle Ages, universities have been at once both intensely local and international institutions. They are highly located in their particular social and cultural milieux, not least subject to the vicissitudes of local political conditions and sometimes control, and usually also part of an international network of research and people to people contact.

Global science, global talent in the wake of nationalism and populism

LW Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Human Resources

US President Donald Trump is part of a chilling parade of politicians […] who have risen to prominence in the past decade by fuelling anti-immigrant sentiment. But […] we should be grateful for what global talent has done for our economy. Since 1900, immigrants have made up one-third of US recipi-ents of Nobel prizes in chemistry, physics, medicine and economics. …

Leadership and Governance – How to “Manage” Change in Universities?

LW Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership

The research universities represented by the Glion Colloquium have been responsible for many of the greatest discoveries and intellectual breakthroughs in history. I am proud to lead one of these universities. For the last 800 years in Cambridge, new discoveries have been forged to transform the way we live and understand our world. Yesterday’s discoveries here — gravity, evolution, DNA …

Preface of the University in a Polarizing World

LW Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Preface and Conclusion

The research universities represented by the Glion Colloquium have been responsible for many of the greatest discoveries and intellectual breakthroughs in history. I am proud to lead one of these universities. For the last 800 years in Cambridge, new discoveries have been forged to transform the way we live and understand our world. Yesterday’s discoveries here — gravity, evolution, DNA …

Beyond Brexit: the Road ahead for UK Universities

LW Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership

The research universities represented by the Glion Colloquium have been responsible for many of the greatest discoveries and intellectual breakthroughs in history. I am proud to lead one of these universities. For the last 800 years in Cambridge, new discoveries have been forged to transform the way we live and understand our world. Yesterday’s discoveries here — gravity, evolution, DNA …

Preparing the American University for 2030

LW Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership

The research universities represented by the Glion Colloquium have been responsible for many of the greatest discoveries and intellectual breakthroughs in history. I am proud to lead one of these universities. For the last 800 years in Cambridge, new discoveries have been forged to transform the way we live and understand our world. Yesterday’s discoveries here — gravity, evolution, DNA …

The Story of the Cambridge Taxi Driver and the Future of the University

LW Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership, Missions & Responsibilities

The research universities represented by the Glion Colloquium have been responsible for many of the greatest discoveries and intellectual breakthroughs in history. I am proud to lead one of these universities. For the last 800 years in Cambridge, new discoveries have been forged to transform the way we live and understand our world. Yesterday’s discoveries here — gravity, evolution, DNA …

National Strategy for Higher Education and Research: Challenges and Pitfalls from a French Perspective

LW Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership

The research universities represented by the Glion Colloquium have been responsible for many of the greatest discoveries and intellectual breakthroughs in history. I am proud to lead one of these universities. For the last 800 years in Cambridge, new discoveries have been forged to transform the way we live and understand our world. Yesterday’s discoveries here — gravity, evolution, DNA …

Impact of Disruptive Technologies on Employment and the Role of Universities

LW Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Human Resources

The research universities represented by the Glion Colloquium have been responsible for many of the greatest discoveries and intellectual breakthroughs in history. I am proud to lead one of these universities. For the last 800 years in Cambridge, new discoveries have been forged to transform the way we live and understand our world. Yesterday’s discoveries here — gravity, evolution, DNA …

The Future of universities-academic freedom – autonomy and competition revisited

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Financial Resources

Over the last 50 years, universities and tertiary education have experienced a remarkable, unprecedented expansion. Europe, the continent with the oldest universities, provides a case in point: Before- World War II, only around 150,000 students were enrolled altogether in the U.K., France and Germany (Hobsbawm, 2013, p. 2). Nowadays, the area of London alone  

The university in the 21st century

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership, Missions & Responsibilities

The University is one of the greatest inventions of the second millennium (Rhodes, 1998). Europe can be particularly proud of this, given that the University is first and foremost a European institution which — while keeping its essential characteristics — has since spread worldwide (Rüegg, 1992). Universities have shown themselves to be particularly resilient organizations: created up to 900 years …

Intellectual change – creating the university of the 21st century

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Missions & Responsibilities

Change has typically come so slowly to higher education that someeducators have been known to tell a joke about a man, similar toRip Van Winkle in the classic Washington Irving short story by the same name, who woke up after being asleep for hundreds of years to find that the only thing he recognizes from life before his extended nap …

A business model for the 21st century european university

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership

“The world is moving in the American direction. More universities in more countries are charging students tuition fees,” says The Economist (2015). Of course, there is more to the American university model than merely tuition. Many of us have benefitted from the opportunities of great American research universities. Some of us have further implemented their spirit within a European university …

Converging paths- public and private research universities

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Financial Resources, Governance and leadership

The American research university has been celebrated as “the greatest system of knowledge production and higher learning that the world has ever known” (Cole, 2009). As measured by any number of factors — international rankings, Nobel Laureates, publications in peer review journals, or impact on industrial innovation —

Reinventing greatness – responding to urgent global level responsibilities

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Missions & Responsibilities

In this chapter I reflect on the contemporary significance of knowledgeinstitutions, and particularly research universities, for both emerging andestablished economies and for the world as a whole, but with particular reference to South Africa and Africa. As knowledge institutions have become ever more central to human social and economic development,  

The social and political responsibilities of research universities

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership, Missions & Responsibilities

This paper attempts to come up with possible answers to the question:“What do universities consider to be their most important prioritiesand responsibilities in 1) addressing the challenges facing their institutions; and 2) expectations arising from their societies at the local, regional or global level?” Specifically, I wish to address some possible inconsistencies between a university’s strategy and external societal and …