Academic Ranking of World Universities

2019-10-15 07:00:00
8th International Conference on World-Class Universities, 15-17 October, 2019, Shanghai, China


6th International Conference on World-Class Universities

1-4 November, 2015

Shanghai, China


Whole day
Arrival of participants


Opening Session: Welcome remarks and overview of meeting objectives

Nian Cai Liu, Dean, Graduate School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Jan Sadlak, President, IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence

Basil Moftah, President Intellectual Property and Science, Thomson Reuters
Session I: Keynote

Chair: Jamil Salmi, Global Tertiary Education Expert

Francisco Marmolejo, Coordinator, Tertiary Education Global Solutions Group, The World Bank
"The “world-class” movement in higher education: The good, the bad and the ugly"
Coffee Break
Session II: National Perspective

Chair: Judith S. Eaton, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, USA

Wendy Piatt, Director-General and Chief Executive, The Russell Group, UK
"Visibility and performance: The experience of Russell Group universities"

Jamil Salmi, Global Tertiary Education Expert
"Excellence strategies and the creation of world-class universities"

Akiyoshi Yonezawa, Nagoya University, Japan
"Transformation of university governance through internationalization: Challenges for top universities and government policies in Japan"

Alex Usher, President, Higher Education Strategy Associates, Canada
"World-class universities in an age of slow growth"
Session III: Academics’ Perspective

Chair: Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić, Independent Consultant, France

Simon Marginson, Professor of International Higher Education, University College London, UK High participation systems of higher education
"High participation systems of higher education"

Marijk van der Wende, Dean of Graduate Studies & Professor of Higher Education, Utrecht University, Netherlands; Jiabin Zhu, Assistant Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
"China’s higher education in global perspective: Leader or follower in the “world-class” movement?"

Gerard A. Postiglione, Associate Dean, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, China
"China’s search for its own model: Liberal arts and sciences for research universities"

Philip G. Altbach, Research Professor, Boston College, USA; Jamil Salmi, Global Tertiary Education Expert; Georgiana Mihut, Boston College, USA;
"Sage advice: The role of international advisory councils in world-class universities"
Coffee Break
Session IV: Practitioners’ Perspective

Chair: Pierre De Maret, Honorary Rector, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Tony F Chan, President, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China
"Reflections on the role of universities in the face of the rise in rankings and internationalization"

Freddy Boey, Provost, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
"Strategies for academic & societal success for a young university: The NTU Singapore experience"

Alexander Nebel & Dimitrios Noukakis, International Educational Affairs, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
"An international benchmarking tool on hard metrics"

Joshua Schnell, Director, Government and Academia, Intellectual Property and Science
"Assessment of indicators of the economic impact of universities"
Conference Dinner


Session V: Plenary Speech

Chair: Nian Cai Liu, Dean, Graduate School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Bernd Huber, President, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany & Former Chairman, League of European Research Universities
"The role of universities in society: Challenges ahead"
Coffee Break
Session VI: Rankers’ Perspective

Chair: Jan Sadlak, President, IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence

Ying Cheng, Executive Director, Center for World-Class Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
"Academic Ranking of World Universities"

Ben Sowter, Head of Division, QS Intelligence Unit, QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited, UK
"QS World University Rankings"

Duncan Ross, Director of Data and Analytics, Times Higher Education, UK
"THE World University Rankings"

Robert Morse, Chief Data Strategist, U.S. News & World Report, USA
"U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings: An inside look at the latest results and methodology"

Gero Federkeil, Head of International Rankings, CHE - Center for Higher Education, Germany
"Measuring university performance multi-dimensionally - U-Multirank"
Session VII: Institutions’ Perspective

Chair: Ghislaine Filliatreau, Director, Observatoire des Sciences et des Techniques, National French Agency for the Evaluation of Education and Research (HCERES), France

Laurent Buisson, Vice President Ways and Means, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
"Trading between visibility and performance at global and local levels: The example of research universities in France"

Maria Yudkevich, Vice Rector, Higher School of Economics, Russia
"Global visibility and locally engagement: Can they go together? The case of National Research University Higher School of Economics"

Seeram Ramakrishna, Director, National University of Singapore, Singapore
"Strategies to be globally visible and locally engaged"
Coffee Break
Session VIII: Institutions’ Perspective

Chair: Charles A. Goldman, Senior Economist, RAND Corporation, USA

Chris Cocklin, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, James Cook University, Australia
"A university for the Tropics"

Sahel N. Abduljauwad, Vice Rector for Research & Sadiq M. Sait, Director of Research Institute, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia
"Impact of collaboration with world-class universities: The KFUPM story "

Yang Zhang, Director of Institutional Research, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA
"Rankings and strategic planning: The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s case"
Closing Session

Nian Cai Liu, Dean of Graduate School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Jan Sadlak, President, IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence


Whole day
Post-conference sightseeing
Whole day
Departure of participants
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