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The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities are Reshaping the World

Wednesday July 2010


Ben Wildavsky Senior Fellow, Ewing Kauffman Foundation

American academic leaders are casting a wary eye on developments in higher education in the rest of the world. Will the development of research universities in countries outside the West stop the best talent from coming to the United States? What does it mean when American colleges and universities open up campuses thousands of miles away from their home base?

Ben Wildavsky argues that these and many other changes are indeed significant and are bringing about a “globalization” of higher education. But while some observers fear these developments could hurt American higher education, Wildavsky argues that the changes have the potential to be a “win-win” for all involved.

Introductory Remarks: John Leo, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute, Editor,