4 - 5 Dec 2018 Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH

Webinar: What makes a world-class university?

  Thursday 20th July – 10:00 EST, 15:00 BST, 16:00 CEST
The importance of tertiary education for economic growth and competitiveness is increasingly recognized not just for middle-income and advanced countries, but also for low-income ones.  Access to a world-class curriculum helps develop a skilled and flexible labour force that can positively influence productive activities by creating, applying and spreading new ideas and technologies.  Research universities are emerging as the central institutions of the 21st century knowledge economies.   In this context, the presentation will start by offering an operational definition of a world-class university. It will then outline and analyze possible strategies and pathways for establishing such universities.  Finally it will share lessons of experience based on recent work with countries and institutions that are keen on establishing world-class universities, identifying in the process some of the challenges, costs, and risks associated with these attempts.

You can view our first webinar "Creating and delivering value compliantly beyond traditional information delivery" below.

Jamil Salmi is a global tertiary education expert providing policy advice and consulting services to governments, universities, professional associations, multilateral development banks and bilateral cooperation agencies.  Until January 2012, he was the World Bank’s tertiary education coordinator.  He wrote the first World Bank policy paper on higher education reform in 1994 and was the principal author of the Bank’s 2002 Tertiary Education Strategy entitled “Constructing Knowledge Societies:  New Challenges for Tertiary Education”.  In the past twenty-three years, Dr. Salmi has provided advice on tertiary education development, financing reforms and strategic planning to governments and university leaders in about 90 countries all over the world. Dr. Salmi is a member of the international advisory board of several universities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, North America and the Middle East.  He is also a member of the International Advisory Network of the UK Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, and the CHEA International Quality Group Advisory Council.  Dr. Salmi is Emeritus Professor of higher education policy at Diego Portales University in Chile and Research Fellow at Boston College’s Center for Higher Education.
Dr. Salmi’s 2009 book addresses the “Challenge of Establishing World-Class Universities”.  His latest book, co-edited with Professor Phil Altbach, entitled “The Road to Academic Excellence: the Making of World-Class Research Universities”, was published in September 2011.  Dr. Salmi recently published an evaluation of Excellence Initiatives and wrote a report on tertiary education and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.