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The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World (Hardcover)

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In "The Great Brain Race," former "U.S. News & World Report" education editor Ben Wildavsky presents the first popular account of how international competition for the brightest minds is transforming the world of higher education--and why this revolution should be welcomed, not feared. Every year, nearly three million international students study outside of their home countries, a 40 percent increase since 1999. Newly created or expanded universities in China, India, and Saudi Arabia are competing with the likes of Harvard and Oxford for faculty, students, and research preeminence. Satellite campuses of Western universities are springing up from Abu Dhabi and Singapore to South Africa. Wildavsky shows that as international universities strive to become world-class, the new global education marketplace is providing more opportunities to more people than ever before.

Drawing on extensive reporting in China, India, the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, Wildavsky chronicles the unprecedented international mobility of students and faculty, the rapid spread of branch campuses, the growth of for-profit universities, and the remarkable international expansion of college rankings. Some university and government officials see the rise of worldwide academic competition as a threat, going so far as to limit student mobility or thwart cross-border university expansion. But Wildavsky argues that this scholarly marketplace is creating a new global meritocracy, one in which the spread of knowledge benefits everyone--both educationally and economically.

About the Author

Ben Wildavsky is a senior fellow in research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation. His most recent book is The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, the New Republic, and many other publications.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780691146898
ISBN-10: 0691146896
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: April 21st, 2010
Pages: 240
Language: English