The Imperfect University: Truly Transnational

On the eve of the International Leadership Conference at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China ( http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/internationalleadership/ilc.aspx ) I thought it would be timely to re-post this piece from earlier in the year about what makes an international university.

Registrarism

There is something close to a genuinely international university
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Last year Andrew Stewart Coats, commenting on his appointment and the interesting plans for the new partnership between Warwick and Monash Universities, asserted that in higher education:

there has been little or no globalization in how we organize ourselves; no global entity runs viable universities in multiple countries and no truly transnational offering for students and academics exists

He also noted what he described as the “outposts” of universities in China, South East Asia and the Middle East and questioned whether this could “in itself create a truly global university?”

As a member of a global university, with three truly international campuses, I have to disagree. I drafted this piece late last year at the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus (UNMC), home to some 4,500 students and over 450 staff, located at the edge of Kuala Lumpur in a breathtakingly beautiful…

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