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)
Last week a group of young researchers at the Shanghai Jiaotong university were busy compiling the 9th version of the Academic Ranking of World Universities. This was first compiled in 2003 and was greeted like a bombshell in France as well as in several other countries.
The 2012 once again confirmed the supremacy of American universities where more than half of the top 100 being from the USA. 9 years on the winners are….the USA (though with warning signs), China, Australia, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia. And the losers? Japan, Germany and perhaps India.
Top 500 2003-2012 Ups and Downs
Elections in 2012
Election years are often interesting times as they bring out some of the best and the worst in our politicians. The world will be particularly well entertained in 2012 as the USA, France and China will change their governments (there may be slightly less open debate during the government change in Beijing!). Last week, things got underway in the USA as Republicans began the long process of choosing their nominee for the November elections.
Over the past 20 years, management schools in France have led the way in providing young internationally minded graduates fit to work in modern business. They should recognize this and stop apologizing for what they have achieved.
“Do any French people actually work in your school, Mark?”
My international visitor was looking incredulously around in the vast entrance of my school. This school lies in a medium-sized French city at the bottom of the French Alps. I had just taken him for coffee with my Austrian colleague, had introduced to two programme directors (one Irish and one English), and had bumped into our Academic Director (Scottish) and one of our most senior professors in HRM (American).