THES has a short report on a speech given by the president of Yale about Asian countries' efforts to create 'world-class' universities. The focus is on China. This is because higher education in the US and UK have great hopes that they will be able to 'export' HE to China, with its huge population. The main obstacles will be, however, cultural and language barriers. Still, in the face of a bleak economic outlook in developed countries around the world, many people, including university presidents, is putting great hope on the current expansionary economic boom in China (i.e., bubble).
Read the entire THES article at the link, excerpt below.
Crouching tigers ready to pounce
4 February 2010
By Phil Baty
Yale boss welcomes 'audacious' ambitions of emerging Asian nations.
>> [Richard C. Levin, president of Yale University] said that the economic development of Asia in the past 60 years had "altered the balance of power in the global economy", and that the rising nations of the East "all recognise the importance of an educated workforce as a means to economic growth and the impact of research in driving innovation and competitiveness".
The lecture focused on China, which has seen student enrolments more than quintuple from 1 million in 1997 to 5.5 million in 2007. It now has the largest higher education system in the world, but still has a gross enrolment rate of only 23 per cent, compared with 82 per cent in the US. <<