Institutionalization of World-Class University in Global Competition

  • Jung Cheol Shin
  • Barbara M. Kehm

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Jung Cheol Shin, Barbara M. Kehm
    Pages 1-13
  3. Background of WCU Worldwide

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Stephen P. Heyneman, Jeongwoo Lee
      Pages 45-58
  4. WCUs in Non-English Speaking Advanced Systems

  5. WCUs in Non-English Speaking Developing Systems

  6. WCUs in English Speaking Developing Systems

  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Francisco O. Ramirez, John W. Meyer
      Pages 257-273
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 287-301

About this book


Moving the academic debate on from its current focus on development to a more nuanced sociological perspective, this fresh research is a collaboration between academics in Asia and Europe that assesses the factors shaping world-class universities as institutional social systems as well as national cultural treasures. The work explores in detail how WCUs have moved to a central position in policy circles, and how these often ambitious government policies on WCUs have been interpreted and adopted by university administrators and individual professors.

The authors provide a wealth of empirical data on universities, both world-class and aiming for WCU status, in a range of politics and continents. They compare strategies for developing WCUs in countries of the East and the West, both developing and developed.

Nations featured in the statistical purview include nine countries (Germany, France, Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong SAR). The volume goes further than merely taking a snapshot of the current situation, offering detailed and considered strategies and rationales for institutionalizing and developing WCUs, particularly in Asian countries where Confucian cultural influences accord education the highest priority.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jung Cheol Shin
    • 1
  • Barbara M. Kehm
    • 2
  1. 1., Dept. of EducationSeoul National UniversityGwanak-gu, SeoulKorea, Republic of (South Korea)
  2. 2.University of KasselKasselGermany

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