1st Edition

Global University President Leadership Insights on Higher Education Futures

By Hamish Coates, Zheping Xie, Wen Wen Copyright 2022
    250 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book unlocks mysteries surrounding university presidents. Presidents have a large and growing influence on world and academic affairs. Yet until now, little has been revealed about how they enact their roles, how they capture motivation and academic energy, and their views on higher education.

    This book sheds light on these critical topics, revealing insights from in-depth interviews with presidents of nineteen globally focused universities from thirteen countries. The book presents the interview transcripts and surrounds these with interpretative commentary. Underpinned by leadership theory and framed by analysis, the book provides glimpses into how top leaders think, how presidents manoeuvre through their careers, how leaders form and run productive teams, and opportunities for research and innovation. Common themes and challenges are identified. The presidents reflect on university landscapes, strategic outlooks, the formation of executive teams, online teaching, funding, industry engagement, sustainability, grand challenges, and interdisciplinarity.

    This book is for professionals and scholars who are interested in education, universities, public policy, science and humanities, and global affairs.

    Part 1: Framing Perspectives 1. University president voices 2. Studying university presidents Part 2: University President Interviews 3. Professor Frédéric Mion, Director of the School of Political Sciences in Paris, France 4. Professor Sir Stephen Smith, Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter, United Kingdom 5. Professor David Leebron, President of Rice University, United States 6. Professor Peter Høj, Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Queensland, Australia 7. Professor Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Manchester, United Kingdom 8. Professor Ulrich Rüdiger, Rector of Aachen University of Technology, Germany 9. Professor Laurie Leshin, President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, United States 10. Professor David Turpin, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Alberta, Canada 11. Professor Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice Chancellor of Stellenbosch University, South Africa 12. Professor Lakshman Dissanayake, Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka 13. Professor Guido Saracco, Rector of Politecnico de Torino, Italy 14. Professor Aiji Tanaka, President of Waseda University, Japan 15. Professor Robert J. Zimmer, President of the University of Chicago, United States 16. Professor Yong-Hak Kim, President of Yonsei University, Japan 17. Shigeo Katsu, President of Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan 18. Professor Luc Sels, Rector of the University of KU Leuven, Belgium 19. Professor Lily Kong, President of Singapore Management University, Singapore 20. Professor Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Waterloo, Canada 21. Professor Thomas F. Hofmann, President of the Technical University of Munich, Germany Part 3: Guiding Insights 22. Perspectives on university leadership 23. Prospects for leadership practice and reseasrch


    Hamish Coates is a Tenured Professor at the Institute of Education Tsinghua University, Director of the Higher Education Research Division, and Deputy Director of the Tsinghua University Global Research Centre for the Assessment of College and Student Development.

    Zheping Xie is Deputy Director of the Policy Research Office and an Associate Professor at the Tsinghua University Institute of Education.

    Wen Wen is Deputy Secretary of the Tsinghua University Centre for Asian Studies and an Associate Professor at the Institute of Education Tsinghua University.