The Research University

Various aspects of public research universities, including the student experience, the nature of general education, and a comparative international study.

A Vibrant Urban University with a Growing Global Presence: Thoughts on What Malmö University Could Be by John Aubrey Douglass, Knowledge for Change Series, Malmo University 2018

John Aubrey Douglass

It is a malady of the modern age for universities. The forces of globalization and a campaign by various international university ranking enterprises place too much emphasis on a narrow model of what the best universities should be. One result: the notion of a “World Class University” (WCU) and the focus on its close relative, global rankings of universities, dominates the higher education policymaking of ministries and major universities throughout the globe. Why the attention almost exclusively on research productivity and a few key markers of prestige, like Nobel Laureates?