A Chance for European Universities: Or: Avoiding the Looming by Jo Ritzen

By Jo Ritzen

<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: general; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal>Though Europe’s universities are rather well represented one of the world’s most sensible two hundred universities, they're nearly solely absent from the head fifty. during this impassioned publication, Jo Ritzen argues that ecu universities are economically, culturally, and socially underexploited, and he outlines a chain of alterations essential to make those associations extra profitable. He advocates reorganizing universities to want innovation over paperwork, securing financing from inner most resources to fulfill the gaps left through public price range cuts, and matching and choosing scholars with a watch towards successfully teaching for a global hard work industry. With such reinvention, universities might turn into instrumental to strengthening the ecu aggressive place via monetary innovation, elevated social team spirit, and a extra brilliant cultural dynamism.

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22 in JT and 29 THES 2006), and Tokyo Institute of Technology (no. 89 in JT 2006 vs. 118 in THES 2006). Among the JT 2006 Top 100 there are now nine universities in or around China (Korea, Singapore): European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, Ján Figel’, expressed his concern about European universities with the unusual statement that “British, French and German universities will be overtaken by those in China and India within a decade unless they improve quality and access” (The Times, May 21, 2007).

The university systems in the EU countries are in many of the Western European countries ‘mature’ in terms of participation of youngsters, while in particular in the new EU countries participation is still quite low. 3 indicates the participation rates. In the new EU countries participation may not be as high as those of the older EU countries or of Korea (almost 69% in 1997) and Japan (almost 43% in 1999 and 56% in 2006). The Heads of State of the EU decided in 2000 to formulate the Lisbon goal of an enrolment of 50% of the age group by 2010.

See Santiago et. al. (2008), Vol. 1-3, for the detailed reports. 1 The Looming Crisis Europe in the Rankings And then in 2003 came the first ranking of universities world-wide, brought out by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. It was produced by Shanghai Jiao Tong University originally to get an assessment of its own position world-wide, and therefore, referred to as the Jiao Tong ranking hereafter. Later, in 2004, it was followed by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) ranking.

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