1st Edition

Global University President Leadership
Insights on Higher Education Futures

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ISBN 9781032163758
December 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Hamish Coates is a Tenured Professor at Tsinghua University’s Institute of Education, 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. He was Professor of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne, Founding Director of Higher Education Research at the Australian Council for Educational Research, and Program Director at the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Leadership and Management. He concentrates on improving the quality and productivity of higher education.

Zheping Xie has a PhD in political science and has post-doctoral experience in education. She is an Associate Professor of Education at the Institute of Education, and Deputy Director of Policy Research Office at Tsinghua University. She serves as an Academic Board Member for Undergraduate Education Committee of Tsinghua University, Board Member of the Aalborg Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability, Jury of UNESCO International Literacy Prize, and Advisory Board Member of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO. She was a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2014. Between 2014 and 2020 she served on the jury for UNESCO’s Prize for Girls and Women’s Education. She has published over 20 papers, six books, and several book chapters on education and international cooperation. Her current research focuses on education and global governance.

Wen Wen is currently an Associate Professor in higher education at Tsinghua University’s Institute of Education and vice director of the university's Centre for Asian Studies. She participated as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University and a Visiting Scholar in the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College in 2019-2020. Dr Wen’s research interests include sociology of education, comparative and international higher education, and education policy. Her latest research examines how university organization and higher education development are shaped by political, social, and economic dynamics in the globalized era. She has authored and co-authored over 100 publications in the aforementioned research area. Her articles have appeared in the top journals of higher education. She is currently on the editorial boards for Studies in Higher Education and has served on many others.