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By Ben Wildavsky

In The nice mind Race, former U.S. information & global Report schooling editor Ben Wildavsky provides the 1st well known account of ways foreign pageant for the brightest minds is reworking the realm of upper education--and why this revolution could be welcomed, now not feared. each year, approximately 3 million overseas scholars examine outdoors in their domestic nations, a forty percentage raise on the grounds that 1999. Newly created or extended universities in China, India, and Saudi Arabia are competing with the likes of Harvard and Oxford for school, scholars, and study preeminence. satellite tv for pc campuses of Western universities are arising from Abu Dhabi and Singapore to South Africa. Wildavsky exhibits that as foreign universities try to develop into world-class, the recent worldwide schooling industry is offering extra possibilities to extra humans than ever before.

Drawing on wide reporting in China, India, the U.S., Europe, and the center East, Wildavsky chronicles the unheard of overseas mobility of scholars and school, the quick unfold of department campuses, the expansion of for-profit universities, and the outstanding overseas enlargement of school ratings. a few collage and executive officers see the increase of globally educational festival as a hazard, going as far as to restrict scholar mobility or thwart cross-border college growth. yet Wildavsky argues that this scholarly industry is making a new worldwide meritocracy, one within which the unfold of information merits everyone--both educationally and economically.

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We want to have an impact,” Levin says, and Yale’s long-standing traditional of preparing Americans for public service must now be extended worldwide. “We’re in an interconnected world today,” Levin says. S. but [also] a former president of Germany, two prime ministers of Korea, and a president of Mexico. ” Other parts of Yale’s internationalization agenda, outlined in a detailed strategic plan for internationalization that was released after a year of study in 2005, involve forging a wide range of institutional partnerships around the world.

Increasingly, academic mobility can be understood not just literally—as comprising the travels of students, professors, and administrators—but also metaphorically, as a state of mind. Universities now think of themselves as institutions that not only compete globally with other 30 chapter one universities but are also increasingly internationalized in their own operations and ambitions. Take Stanford University, which, like many of its peers, is making a concerted effort to take stock of where it is globally—and where it ought to go.

69 The same patterns can be seen in other nations as well. In China, for example, despite the considerable flow of students and faculty to the West, the worldwide race for talent 27 as the nation’s own universities try to become more competitive, there are more instances of scholars relocating to those institutions from other countries. Canadian-born philosophy professor Daniel Bell has made just such a reverse commute after a worldwide academic journey. Phil in politics, and took his first teaching position as a lecturer at the National University of Singapore.

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