Book Reviews

Leading Research Universities in a Competitive World

Despite research universities represent only 15 – 20 per cent of world’s approximately 4000 universities, they provide the majority of fundamental research and doctoral learning.

This is valuable book, written by two veteran university administrators, and focuses on the international ranking system’s and its uneven distribution.

The text concentrates on the academic education systems of the U.S.A, the United Kingdom, France, and Canada with peripheral references to German universities, and ignoring Russian, Japanese, Chinese and several other important contributors.

This is the most likely the result of lack of information available, or maybe even because university research requires outside funding

(mostly from governments, industry, and non-profit organizations) and market conditions.

The status of the establishment is a very important factor that must be taken into consideration when choosing a university.

If you are looking for a basic degree in any field, choosing a local university may be more beneficial. The faculty in such universities are more oriented to teaching basic and high-quality knowledge.

Research university professors are often more interested in research, and may look at basic lecturing as less important.

This book is a jewel of information on research in universities in countries mentioned above.

Research in universities must be well funded and requires up-to-date equipment.

Only generously funded establishments can be successful in attracting professors wishing to research, and those with administrators who think out-of-the-box, and are unafraid to invest in ideas that may or may not prove to be scientifically or commercially valuable.

This is a thoughtful and courageous book that ought to be studied by all parents who can and are interested encouraging their off-springs to attend university.

The mission statement of each university indicates its orientation and should be the basis of important and expensive decision of choosing a university.

Highly recommended.

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