The Global University in the Asian Century

LW Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership

Nicholas B. Dirks

In American higher education today, as indeed in American political dis-course, there is a palpable and widespread reaction to globalization. A recent front-page story in the Chronicle of Higher Education proclaims the end of the global era for education (Chronicle, 2019). Noting a recent drop in the open-ing of international branch campuses, especially since the presidential elec-tion of 2016, it suggests that current political concerns will further depress the international extension and engagement of American higher education. Well before the election, however, there had been signs of a retrenchment. Rick Levin, President of Yale, struggled with significant faculty pushback against his plan for Yale NUS before he stepped down in 2013. John Sexton,