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

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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 coun ...more
ebook, 248 pages
Published April 5th 2010 by Princeton University Press (first published 2010)
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Bryan Alexander
Sep 04, 2014 Bryan Alexander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: geopolitics, academia
A fine overview of global higher education, The Great Brain Race is required reading for anyone seeking to understand academia beyond their own country.

Wildavsky frames his book in terms of globalization and free trade: "one way or another... higher education has become a form of international trade" (167). He begins with a quick history of international higher learning, then, emphasizing an American perspective, outlines the burgeoning and little-understood realm of United States branch campuse
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Nils
Jun 08, 2015 Nils rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: higher-ed
Argues that the globalization of higher education is taking place as students seek more international experience, as Anglophone universities seek new sources of revenues, and as non-Anglophone universities seek to build national "knowledge industries." Emphasizes the emergence of controversial international rankings as a key driver of the integration of formerly largely national university markets. While the narrative emphasizes the diversity of the internationalization initiatives, the thesis c ...more
Laurel
Jan 24, 2013 Laurel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alesa
May 11, 2011 Alesa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Barbara
Jan 20, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Ross Emmett
Jun 21, 2011 Ross Emmett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, academia
I have a review for CHOICE coming out. Must read if you want to understanding global academic market.
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Oct 25, 2010 ACRL added it  ·  review of another edition
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Read by ACRL Member of the Week Peter Macauley. Learn more about Peter on the ACRL Insider blog.
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