1st Edition

The New Leadership Agenda Pandemic Perspectives from Global Universities

By Martin Betts Copyright 2023
    222 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    222 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book results from interviews conducted with higher education leaders in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US, and the UK. It gives the reader a deep and personal insight into what leaders faced in transforming their universities through the financial shocks, changes in learning practice, and returns to new ways of working accelerated by the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The features of the book are a series of reflections about issues faced by leaders, recorded, analysed, and reflected on at the time they happened. These are combined in an overall theoretical framework, also informed by other scholarly work in the field, to allow the reader to understand what has happened to our universities and what they will and must do next.

    For leaders, staff, students, and employers, the book will give an in-depth context, analysed into a simple agenda, to frame future expectations of the changing world of higher education and its implications for leadership in this and other sectors.

    1. Introduction 2. The sector and its context 3. University strategy 4. University leadership, staff, and culture 5. Future learners and how they learn 6. Research and external engagement 7. Conclusion Appendix – Interview Transcripts


    Martin Betts is Emeritus Professor of Griffith University, having previously served as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Engagement. He was also formerly Executive Dean of Science and Engineering at QUT. He is now the co-founder of HEDx, which has the mission of changing higher education for good.

    'In The New Leadership Agenda: Pandemic Perspectives from Global Universities, Martin Betts has worked with a range of collaborators, interviewees and contributors to fashion a truly informative, engaging and entertaining contribution. With acumen and wit, Martin has coaxed many intellectual delicacies from dozens of subjects, distilled these into succinct passages, and wrapped them together in this monograph which can be read from front to back or dipped into as interest and time permits. Being published at what is hopefully the tail end of a very rocky few years, this book will yield value for lots of people in Asia and beyond for a long time to come.'

    Professor Hamish Coates, Professor of Higher Education of Tsinghua University, China and Series Editor of Asian Higher Education Outlook Series

    'The interviews which Betts conducted across the course of the pandemic provide an essential record of this exceptional period of disruption in higher education. We need to learn lessons from this time to help shape the universities we need for the future.'

    Dr Ant Bagshaw, Senior Advisor, Global Education Practice, LEK Consulting, Australia

    'The New Leadership Agenda: Pandemic Perspectives from Global Universities not only provides a roadmap for the future of higher education leadership but also challenges preconceived notions of university structures and demands a new vision of what constitutes an effective university leader. Overall, this book represents a valuable contribution to higher education leadership from a global perspective, adding value to academic leaders and their respective organizations.'

    An excerpt from a review by Christopher Jochum, The Teachers College Record, December 2023, https://journals.sagepub.com/page/tcz/collections/bookreviewsindex