Public lecture on The Challenge of Constructing World Class Universities in Emerging Countries at the University of Central Asia (UCA) in Bishkek

The perfect recipe for a world class university combines lots of talent, plenty of resources, a touch of governance and a plan to simmer for a long time,” summarised Mr Jamil Salmi, Global Tertiary Education Expert, during a public lecture on The Challenge of Constructing World Class Universities in Emerging Countries at the University of Central Asia (UCA) in Bishkek on 27 July 2015.

Salmi explained how world class universities should be defined by their outputs, including top graduates recognised by local and international markets, cutting edge research and dynamic knowledge and technology transfer. To achieve this, institutions need resources, talent and balanced undergraduate-graduate enrolment. International dimensions, such as international faculty and students and the use of English as the language of instruction, can further distinguish world class universities from others.

Salmi, a Moroccan education economist, served as the coordinator of the World Bank's tertiary education programme. Salmi is the principal author of Constructing Knowledge Societies: New Challenges for Tertiary Education and The Challenge of Establishing World Class Universities.

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