The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World
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...more
ebook, 248 pages
Published April 5th 2010 by Princeton University Press
(first published 2010)
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I learned a lot about global higher education from this book. The author presents the state of global higher education around the world (both non and for-profit). He fails to discuss higher education in most countries with dictatorial regimes- something I was very curious about. I found the idea of "academic protectionism" very interesting. I did not know, for example, that India refuses to let foreign higher educational institutions cross into her borders or that Russian scholars must secure pe...more
An interesting analysis of the globalization of higher education -- foreign students at Western campuses, Western universities opening up branch campuses overseas, increasing for-profit global schools. It is based mostly on interviews he did with university administrators around the world. Well written, and it's particularly useful in learning about India and China.
Jan 20, 2011 Barbara rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Pro "free trade in minds" an anti "academic protectionism." The book's approach is fundamentally journalistic - lots of interviews. I would have liked another chapter on comparative educational systems, and more coverage of Latin America. All in all, a useful read if not so strongly argued as I was hoping.