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BOOK REVIEW: “The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World” by Ben Wildavsky (2010)

The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the WorldDespite 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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“A Year in Provence” or “A Year in the Merde”? It is up to you

Study abroad and learning about a new culture

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.

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Work: It’s what you do, not where you are

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!”

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