Despite a few prestigious universities having been around for several centuries, such as Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, and the like, universities are, to some extent, a 19th century phenomenon, originally with the model created by Humboldt in Germany. In fact, the massification of higher education is a post WWII phenomena. Up until that time, only a small percentage of the population was able to go to university. Today, higher education represents 1% of world GDP.
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BOOK REVIEW: “The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World” by Ben Wildavsky (2010)
This year four million lucky students will have an international experience in a foreign higher education institution. The success of this experience will depend on many things, but mostly on their ability to adapt to the new culture.
An old joke
A CEO is showing a visitor around his factory. The guest asks politely:
“How many people work in your company?”
The boss looks at his employees sitting at their desks, reflects for a moment and then replies.
“Oh, probably about half of them!”