Academic Ranking of World Universities

2017-11-06 07:00:00
6th International Conference on World-Class Universities, 1-4 November, 2015, Shanghai, China


Nian Cai Liu

Professor Nian Cai LIU took his undergraduate study in chemistry at Lanzhou University of China. He obtained his doctoral degree in polymer science and engineering from Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada. He moved to the field of educational research in 1999, before which he was a professor in polymer science and engineering.

Prof. LIU is currently the Director of the Center for World-Class Universities and the Dean of Graduate School of Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His current research interests include world-class universities and research universities, university evaluation and ranking, research evaluation and science policy, globalization and internationalization.

Prof.LIU has published extensively in both Chinese and English.His latest books include “How World-Class Universities Affect Global Higher Education: Influences and Responses” and "Paths to a World-Class University: Lessons from Practices and Experiences". The Academic Ranking of World Universities, an online publication of his group, has attracted attentions from all over the world.

Prof. LIU has been enthusiastic in professional services. He is one of the vice-chairmen of “IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence”. He is on the editorial/advisory boards of several international journals including Scientometrics,Research Evaluation.He was a guest editor for the September 2011 issue of Chinese Education & Society.

Jan Sadlak

He is internationally recognized and highly cited academic and expert in higher education and science as well as international relations, in particular policy development, quality assurance, governance and management at the system and institutional level [h-index 24, i10-index 23], international governmental organizations.

In the past 30 years he has been involved in senior-level policy advice to international governmental [UNESCO, The World Bank, OECD] and non-governmental organizations, governments and higher education institutions in a number of countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Arab Region. He was directly involved in the policy formation for the Bologna Process [in the years 2000-2009]. He has a long record of being a member of the governing boards, scientific councils of various bodies and organizations.

In the period September 2009 – January 2011, he has been Professor and Vice-rector at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities/SWPS in Warsaw, Poland.

From October 1999 to July 2009, he has been Director of UNESCO-European Centre for Higher Education (UNESCO-CEPES) and Representative of UNESCO in Romania. Prior to this position he was Chief of Section for Higher Education Policy at UNESCO, Paris [1992 – 1999].

Jan Sadlak was awarded several high-level national and academic distinctions and eight honorary doctorates (Doctor honoris causa) from leading universities.

He is Member Correspondent of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities – Academia Europensis, France, Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, USA, and Honorary Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan.

He holds PhD in Educational Administration and Comparative Education from the SUNY/ University of Buffalo, USA, and MA in Economics from the University of Economics in Wrocław, Poland.

Simon Marginson

Simon is Professor of International Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education, Joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Higher Education and a research leader for The UK in a Changing Europe. Simon has worked at the UCL Institute of Education since October 2013. Prior to that he was Professor of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne (2006-2013), and Professor of Education at Monash University (2000-2006). He was the Clark Kerr Lecturer on Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014, and in the same year received the Distinguished Research Award from the Association for Studies of Higher Education in the United States. He is a member of Academia Europaea, a Lifetime Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education in the UK, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia.

Simon is one of the most cited scholar-researchers in the world in the field of higher education studies (h-index Google Scholar 51, Web of Science 16). He draws on and integrates a range of social science disciplines in his work, primarily political economy and political philosophy, historical sociology and social theory. He works primarily on globalisation and higher education, international and comparative higher education, and higher education and social inequality. He is currently researching the public good contributions of higher education, and completing a book with colleagues on the implications of the worldwide trend to high participation systems of higher education.

His books include Markets in Education (1997), The Enterprise University (with Mark Considine, 2000), Global Creation (2009) and Imagination (2010) with Peter Murphy and Michael Peters, International Student Security (with Chris Nyland, Erlenawati Sawir and Helen Forbes-Mewett, 2010), Higher Education and Globalisation (edited with Roger King and Rajani Naidoo, 2011), Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific: Strategic Responses to Globalisation (edited with Sarjit Kaur and Erlenawati Sawir, 2011), Higher Education in Vietnam (with nine co-authors, 2014), The Age of STEM (edited with Brigid Freeman and Russell Tytler, 2015), The Dream is Over: the Crisis of Clark Kerr’s Californian Idea of Higher Education (University of California Press, 2016) and Higher Education and the Common Good (Melbourne University Publishing, 2016).

Jamil Salmi

Jamil Salmi is a global tertiary education expert providing policy advice and consulting services to governments, universities, professional associations, multilateral banks and bilateral cooperation agencies. Until January 2012, he was the World Bank’s tertiary education coordinator. He wrote the first World Bank policy paper on higher education reform in 1994 and was the principal author of the Bank’s 2002 Tertiary Education Strategy entitled “Constructing Knowledge Societies: New Challenges for Tertiary Education”. In the past twenty years, Dr. Salmi has provided advice on tertiary education development, financing reforms and strategic planning to governments and university leaders in about 90 countries all over the world.

Dr. Salmi is a member of the international advisory board of several universities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, North America and the Middle East. He is also a member of the International Advisory Network of the UK Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, and the CHEA International Quality Group Advisory Council. Between 2008 and 2011, he represented the World Bank on the Governing Board of the International Institute for Educational Planning. Dr. Salmi is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the Diego Portales University in Chile.

Dr. Salmi’s 2009 book addresses the “Challenge of Establishing World-Class Universities”. His latest book, co-edited with Professor Phil Altbach, entitled “The Road to Academic Excellence: the Making of World-Class Research Universities”, was published in September 2011.

Philip G. Altbach

Philip G. Altbach is Research Professor and Founding Director of the Center for International Higher Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. He was the 2004 – 2006 Distinguished Scholar Leader for the New Century Scholars initiative of the Fulbright program and has been a senior associate of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He is author of Global Perspective on Higher Education, Turmoil and Transition, Student Politics in America, among other books. He also co-edited The Road to Academic Excellence, the International Handbook of Higher Education, World Class Worldwide: Transforming Research Universities in Asia and Latin America and other books. He is a member of the Russian government’s “5-100 University Excellence Commission,” and other international committees.

Pierre de Maret

Prof. Pierre de Maret has served as Rector of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) from 2000 to 2006 and was President of the Belgian French-speaking Conference of Rectors, and of the National Fund for Scientific Research in Belgium. Anthropologist and archaeologist, he is Honorary Professor at University College London and was President of the Society of African Archaeologists (USA). A member of the Belgian Royal Academy, he holds Honorary Degrees from the Universities of Montreal, Lubumbashi, Tubingen, La Republica (Santiago-Chile), Lyon II and Chisinau. Involved in the early stages of the European Higher Education integration process, he has been actively contributing to it, organising several programmes and serving on the Erasmus Academic Advisory Board for the European Commission. In 1990, he conceived and launched the UNICA network, the consortium of the Universities of the Capital Cities of Europe. From 2005 until 2009, he was a member of the Board of the European University Association (EUA) and is still active in assessing and advising higher education institutions.

Marijk van der Wende

Marijk van der Wende’s research focuses on the impact of globalisation and internationalization on higher education and she has published widely on how these processes affect higher education systems, institutions, and programs.

As a visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Center for World-Class Universities her 2015 research focuses on China’s Higher Education in Global Perspective.

She previously served as the Founding Dean of Amsterdam University College and held professorial positions at VU University Amsterdam, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Twente (CHEPS). She also worked with the OECD, NUFFIC (the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education), and the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) in Brussels.

She is a member of the Academia Europaea, the International Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of World Class Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Quality Assurance Committee of the Hong Kong University Grants Committee, the ETS/GRE European Advisory Council and the Board of the Rathenau Institute for Science and Technology in Society. She is a research associate with the project on the Research Universities Going Global of the CSHE at UC Berkeley and a member of various national and international editorial boards and advisory committees.

She holds BA degrees in teaching and pedagogy, and MA and PhD degrees in educational sciences, from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Utrecht respectively.

Futao Huang

Dr. Futao Huang is currently Professor of the Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University, Japan. His major research fields include university curricular development, internationalization of higher education, and a comparative study of higher education in East Asia. Since later 1990s, he has published widely in Chinese, English and Japanese languages in many international peer-reviewed journals, including Higher Education, Higher Education Policy, Higher Education Policy and Management, Journal of Studies in International Education. In recent years, he has been invited to make speeches at various international conferences organized by the UNESCO, OECD, EUA, DAAD, German Rectors Conference, Nuffic, NSF and many universities in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić

Following her appointment as Secretary-General of the Association of Universities of Yugoslavia, Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić began a 20-year career in UNESCO, working in its European Centre for Higher Education (CEPES) in Bucharest before moving to Paris to lead its global work on higher education reform, innovation and quality assurance. She has facilitated numerous international collaborative projects (e.g. the Lisbon Convention, the Guidelines on Quality Provision in Cross-border Higher Education etc.) and served as Executive Secretary to the 2009 World Conference on Higher Education. That same year she was voted International Higher Education Professional of the Year by her peers worldwide. She is now Senior Advisor for International Affairs to CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation, USA), Education Master at the DeTao Masters Academy (China), and Senior Advisor to Academic Partnerships (USA).

Gerard A. Postiglione

Gerard A. Postiglione is Chair Professor in Higher Education, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. He is former Associate Dean for Research and Head of the Division of Policy, Administration and Social Science Education. He published over 150 journal articles and book chapters, and 16 books. He received the Lifetime Contribution Award for Studies in Higher Education, a Best Book Award, an Outstanding Research Supervisor Award, and a Humanities and Social Science Prestigious Fellowship. He has been a consultant for the Asian Development Bank, Department for International Development (UK), Institute of International Education (US), International Development Research Center (CA), Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, World Bank, and he worked with international foundations, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the Ford Foundation. He has been brought to 20 countries and appeared on CNN and China’s CCTV, wrote for the New York Times and Washington Post, and has been quoted in New York Times, International New York Times, and other publications such as Science, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Shanghai Education, and he has written for Hong Kong’s English and Chinese language press.

Jenny J. Lee

Jenny J. Lee is a Professor at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona and former researcher at the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, where she obtained her PhD. She is currently a NAFSA Senior Fellow for internationalization, the Associate Editor for the Review of Higher Education, and Co-editor of the book series, Studies in Global Higher Education, with Palgrave/Macmillan. She is also on the editorial boards for Higher Education and Religion and Education. She formerly served as the Director of the Center of the Study of Higher Education, Director of Project SOAR (Student Outreach, Access, and Resiliency), co-Director of Native SOAR, and Chair for the Council of International Higher Education and Board of Directors for the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Dr. Lee's research encompasses a range of key higher education issues that center on organizational cultures and the underlying influences as they relate to important patterns of organizational behaviors and change in the academy. Her research topics have included academic and administrative labor markets, university partnerships, student engagement, and internationalization. Her ongoing research on international students mobility and experiences in the US, South Africa, Mexico, and Korea over the past decade have been cited widely in the US and abroad. Dr. Lee has authored and co-authored over 80 publications in these research areas. Her articles have appeared in the top journals of higher education, including Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Harvard Educational Review, and others. Dr. Lee has been recognized and awarded by the American College Personnel Association as an Emerging Scholar and an Erasmus Scholar by the UA College of Education. She is also the 2009 recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award by the Asian American Faculty, Staff & Alumni Association at the University of Arizona. She was also recognized as one of the nation's top emerging scholars by Diverse Issues in Higher Education in 2011. Dr. Lee served as an Honorary Visiting Scholar in City University, London and was a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa at the University of Pretoria (2013-2015). She currently holds multiple honorary appointments, including as a Global Professor at Korea University and as a Visiting Scholar at the Unviersity of Cape Town, South Africa. Her latest research investigates international student mobility within the African continent.

Seeram Ramakrishna

Academician Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng is a professor of the National University of Singapore (NUS), which is ranked among the top 20 universities in the world. Thomson Reuters identified him among the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. He is a Highly Cited Researcher (Clarivate Analytics) for the past five years. His co-authored ~ 1,000 journal papers received ~ 68,000 citations and ~125 H-index. His leadership experience includes NUS’s Vice-President (Research Strategy); Dean of Faculty of Engineering; Director of NUS Enterprise; Director of NUS Industry Liaison Office; Founding Director of NUSBioengineering; Founding Director of NUS Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Initiative, NUSNNI; and Founding Chairman of Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore, SERIS. He chairs the Smart Manufacturing Expert Group at the SPRING, Singapore. He is a member of World Economic Forum’s Committee on Future of Production. He received PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, and The General Management Training from the Harvard University, USA. He founded a successful international organization the Global Engineering Deans Council. He is a global speaker on trends in higher education, research and innovation.

Alex Usher

Alex Usher is President of Higher Education Strategy Associates (HESA), a consulting firm which advises governments, institutions and corporations in the higher education sector on policy and strategy. Much of Alex’s work has focused specifically on access and student loans, providing assistance to Canadian governments as well as to governments in Europe, Africa and Asia. His work (co-authored with Dominic Orr and Johannes Wespel) Do Changes in Cost-Sharing Have an Impact on the Behaviour of Students and Higher Education Institutions? Evidence From Nine Country Case-Studies which was published in June 2014 by the European Commission. He has also published three editions of Global Higher Education Rankings: Affordability and Accessibility in Comparative Perspective.

In addition to his work on student assistance, Mr. Usher has also worked extensively in the field of rankings, quality measurement and performance indicators. For six years, he partnered with the Toronto Globe and Mail of its “Canadian University Report” Rankings and in 2012 published Canada’s first-ever field-normalized research rankings. He was a founding Board Member of the International Rankings Expert Group and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Academic Rankings of World Universities. He works frequently for the World Bank and other development agencies in Asia and Africa, and regularly partners with international companies such as Interbrand and Ernst & Young on higher education projects. He also writes a popular daily commentary on Canadian higher education called One Thought to Start Your Day. He is based in Toronto, Canada.

Vicki Thomson

Vicki Thomson has worked in Australia’s university sector for 16 years championing its role as integral to the success of our nation and its people. She strongly believes that you don’t have to have gone to university to benefit from all that a university has to offer.

She is currently the Chief Executive of the Group of Eight Universities taking up the role in January 2015 and prior to this role she was Executive Director of the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN).

Ms Thomson's diverse background covers print and electronic journalism, politics and issues management. She has an extensive media, political and policy background and was Chief of Staff to a South Australian Premier.

She is a Board member of the European Australian Business Council and is a member of the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan Steering Group.

She is a former Board member of the Australia-China Council. She is also a member of MS Research Australia’s Leadership Council, a small national group of people intended to help keep MS Research Australia’s strategy contemporary and relevant. This passion is driven by her own personal experience of having a sister with the debilitating disease.

She has extensive experience in building relationships between business, industry and universities, and supporting increased access to university for people from all backgrounds.

In 2016 she was named in The Australian Newspaper’s Top 30 most influential people in Higher Education.

Isak Froumin

Isak Froumin is a Head of the Institute of Education at National Research University “Higher School of Economics” in Moscow (Russia)- first graduate school of education in Russia. His responsibilities also include advising the university strategic planning and international cooperation.

Prof. Froumin was leading the World Bank education program in Russia from 1999 to 2011. His World Bank experience also extends to the projects in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Turkmenistan and India.

In 2012 – 2016 he was an advisor to the Minister of Education and Science of Russia Federation. Prof.Froumin is the author of more than 250 publications including articles and books in Russian and English.

His current key research interests are: Development of education systems in transitional economies, and Educational and life trajectories.

Charles A. Goldman

Charles A. Goldman is a RAND Senior Economist specializing in the analysis of education systems, skills and workforce planning, and military personnel and training. He has conducted several projects recently in Texas, all aimed at improving the match between higher education and workforce needs. Dr. Goldman also conducts research on occupational skills and competencies and more generally on K-12 and higher education systems in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Much of his work is directly in support of state and national leaders, blending technical assistance, implementation support, and policy research to provide these leaders with solutions they can implement. As part of his work in higher education performance measurement, he sits on the advisory board of the Shanghai Academic Rankings of World Universities. He has served as Associate Director of RAND Education and Associate Director of the RAND Arroyo Center Manpower and Training Program and holds a current appointment as Professor of Economics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Prior to joining RAND in 1993, he earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a PhD in Economic Analysis and Policy from Stanford University, and held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Stanford School of Education.

Yang Zhang

Serve as the Director of Institutional Research at University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dr. Yang Zhang oversees the institution’s data collection, reporting, and analysis to fulfill mandatory reporting requirements and support university decision-making for institutional effectiveness. She is also responsible to provide data to various ranking organizations, to help explain the change of her institution’s ranking to university leadership, and to utilize ranking data for decision making support. She recently organized an international panel at the U.S. Association of Institutional Research’s annual conference in Denver, on the topic of “international rankings and institutional research.” Dr. Yang Zhang received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and MBA from Edgewood College.

Teresa A. Sullivan

Teresa A. Sullivan is the University of Virginia’s eighth president. Since taking office in 2010, she has led UVA through a period of significant progress. In fall 2012, she launched a planning effort to provide a road-map for the University’s future, while gathering input from 10,000 alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and others. This effort produced a new strategic plan for the University, the Cornerstone Plan. She is currently leading the planning work for the University’s Bicentennial Commemoration, which will begin in October 2017.

President Sullivan is a respected scholar in labor force demography. The author or coauthor of six books and many scholarly articles, she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

President Sullivan came to UVA from the University of Michigan, where she was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Prior to her work at Michigan, Ms. Sullivan was executive vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Texas System. She served as a faculty member at the University of Texas-Austin for 27 years.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College, and earned her doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Abdulrahman O. Alyoubi

Professor Abdulrahmam Al-Youbi is the present rector and a professor of physical chemistry at King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He came to this position after spending over 15 years as the vice rector for academic affairs. Prior to that he served for about ten years managing the Faculty of Science as the vice dean and dean, consecutively. A KAU alumnus, he received a Bachelor and Master of Science both from King Abdulaziz University and a PhD from Essex University, UK; all in chemistry. He has since worked his way through all academic ranks at KAU ending with the professorship position in 2000. During his tenure at KAU, and despite his heavy involvement with administrative matters, he excelled in teaching, research and service. To his credit are an excellent record of teaching, many funded research projects resulting in a large number of high-quality publications and serving in over 80 committees, boards, teams and working groups at King Abdulaziz University and also at several other national universities.

Andrew J Deeks

On 1 January 2014, Professor Andrew J Deeks took up the presidency of University College Dublin, becoming the first Australian to lead an Irish university, and only the second person from outside Ireland to lead the University since its founding rector, John Henry Newman.

Growing up in Perth, Western Australia, he was educated at the University of Western Australia, where he received a first class honours degree in civil engineering in 1984. After completing his Masters degree he worked in industry briefly before returning to UWA to pursue his PhD and an academic career in 1988. He became a leading expert in computational mechanics; specifically in the scaled boundary finite element method, which is a semi-analytical approach for solving elastostatic, elastodynamic and allied problems in engineering. He is also highly respected for his research work in structural mechanics, structural dynamics and dynamic soil structure interaction. He has published more than 160 papers in journals and refereed conference proceedings together with a book, and has held a number of significant research grants. His strong commitment to students is acknowledged in the prizes and awards he holds for teaching excellence and innovation in teaching.

In 2004 he was promoted to Winthrop Professor, Civil and Resource Engineering, and was Head of School from 2004 to 2009. As Head of School, Professor Deeks created a new model for industry involvement in the school, significantly improved the student experience and doubled student numbers. His successful development of partnerships with industry and government bodies led to his election as a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia. He developed a range of international partnerships and joint programmes, notably with Chinese universities.

In 2009, Professor Deeks joined Durham University as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Science, where he led the development of the university's global presence strategy and extensive international partnerships, particularly in China and Brazil. He also championed Durham University’s strategic partnership with IBM and contributed to strategic partnerships with Procter & Gamble and BG Brasil. Professor Deeks was instrumental in the creation of Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Research Computing (iARC), which uses computer-supported modelling and simulation as a third pillar of discovery, alongside theory and experimentation, across all domains of science as well as in social science and the arts and humanities.

Qingquan Li

Li Qingquan was born on January 1965 in Anhui Province. Upon graduation from Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping with a Master’s degree in Engineering, Prof. Li stayed in the university to undertake work that was related to engineering surveying. In 1998, he received his Doctorate Degree in Engineering of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Technology from the same university, and it was in the same year that he was appointed as a full professor. From August 2000 to June 2012, he was the Vice President and Standing Vice President of Wuhan University. Since July 2012, he has took over as President of Shenzhen University. Currently Prof. Li is the director of Key Laboratory for Geo-environment Monitoring of Coastal Zone of the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geo-Information, Member of Science & Technology Commission of Ministry of Education, Vice President of China Association for Geographic Information Society, and Academician of International Eurasian Academy of Science. He has served successively as Chief Scientist in National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program), Member of Modern Transportation Expert Boards for National High-tech R&D Program of China (863 Program), President of Spatial Intelligent Decision Making Working Group of International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and Standing Vice Director of Geosciences and Natural Resources Environment Faculty under Science & Technology Commission of Ministry of Education. Prof. Li has led over 50 research projects, obtained 26 authorized patent of invention, and published 5 monographs and more than 300 journal articles and papers, which have been quoted for 6600 times and more. He is with H-index 39 level on Google Scholar and has been awarded 3 National Science & Technology Awards, First Prize of Provincial and Ministerial Level Scientific and Technological Advancement Reward, and Chinese Young Technology Award. He has supervised 30 PhD students and 50 master students.

Ong Siow Heng

Professor Ong Siow Heng has been at Singapore Management University for more than 15 years. He earned his PhD from Northwestern University. He currently serves as Dean of Students. Siow Heng is an engaged faculty member and administrator, overseeing the Office of Dean of Students, which includes the Office of Student Life, Dato’ Kho Hui Meng Career Centre, Centre for Social Responsibility, Centre for Scholars’ Development, Centre for Student Financial Assistance and Mrs Wong Kwok Leong Student Wellness Centre.

His publications include Metaphor and Public Communication: Speeches of Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong (co-authored with Nirmala Govindasamy-Ong) and Intercultural Communication Competencies in Higher Education and Management (ed). Until recently, he was the Writer for TIME magazine's Education Program every week for the past 17 years.

His research areas and expertise includes: Intercultural Communication, Public Campaigns, Popular Culture, Rhetorical Criticism.

Ying Cheng

Ying Cheng, Dr. is an Associate Professor and the Executive Director of Center for World-Class Universities at Graduate School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). He obtained his bachelor degree in Polymer Science and his doctoral degree in Higher Education, both from SJTU. Then he did his postdoctoral studies at the Observatoire des Sciences et des Techniques in Paris. His current research interests include the university ranking and performance indicators. He is an active practitioner of university ranking exercise. He has been responsible for the annual update and new development of the Academic Ranking of World Universities since 2005. He conducted the first Ranking of Top Universities in Greater China in 2011, first Ranking of Macedonian Higher Education Institutions in 2012, and Best Chinese Universities Ranking in 2015. He was on the Steering Board of U21 Rating of National Tertiary Education Systems, the first ranking of national higher education systems.

Selina Griffin

Selina was appointed to the post of Rankings Manager at QS in May 2017 where she leads the Rankings team to deliver QS’ growing suite of rankings.

Prior to QS, Selina worked for four years in fundraising at the University of Oxford. She has always worked in data, beginning her career working for the IT unit of a local authority where she dealt with, amongst over things, social care, education and asset databases. During her time at Oxford she acted up as Team Leader for the Central University’s Regular Giving team, revolutionising their approach to mail campaigns. She progressed to a new role at Oxford, leading a team of data analysts and officers focusing on data quality, reporting and insight.

Phil Baty

Phil Baty has 20 years of experience working in the global higher education sector, including more than seven years as editor of the World University Rankings. Phil was listed as one of the top 15 “most influential” in education by The Australian newspaper in 2012 and in the 2016 book, Global University Rankings and the Mediatization of Higher Education, he is described as “one of the most powerful commentators, and arguably policy actors, on higher education”. Phil joined Times Higher Education (THE) in 1996, and has served as chief reporter, news editor, deputy editor and latterly, editor-at-large. He took over responsibility for the World University Rankings in 2008 and led the development of the current THE World University Rankings methodology, determining the 13 performance indicators and weightings currently used to evaluate world-class research universities. He also conceived the annual THE World Reputation Rankings and 150 Under 50 Rankings, and he established the THE Asia University Rankings and the BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings. Phil is also an award-winning journalist. He picked up the Ted Wragg Award for Sustained Contribution to Education Journalism (CIPR) in 2010 and was a runner up for the Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism, run by The Guardian and Private Eye magazine in 2007. He contributes regularly on global higher education for leading newspapers and broadcasters around the world.

Robert Morse

Robert Morse is chief data strategist for U.S. News & World Report and has worked at the company since 1976. He develops the methodologies and surveys for the Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools, Best Global Universities, Best Arab Region Universities, Best Online Programs and Best High Schools annual for U.S. News rankings. He keeps an eye on higher-education trends to make sure the rankings offer prospective students the best analysis available. He is the author of the Morse Code rankings blog which provides deeper insights into the methodologies and is a forum for commentary and analysis of college, grad and other rankings.

David Pendlebury

David A. Pendlebury joined the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), now Clarivate Analytics, in 1983, after graduate studies in ancient history. He began as a translator and indexer and later worked with ISI’s founder Eugene Garfield on personal research projects. In 1987, he developed the Research Section pages of the newspaper The Scientist. Two years later, he joined the company’s Research Services Group, under Henry Small, formerly Chief Scientist, to launch the newsletter Science Watch. Until June 2004, Pendlebury was Manager of the department’s contract research services for government agencies, universities, corporations, and science publishers worldwide, during which time contract research projects increased significantly. With Small and other departmental staff, he designed and developed Clarivate Analytics Essential Science Indicators, a database for quantitative analysis of performance and trends in global research.

He is interested in problems that may be addressed through the Clarivate Analytics databases, on behalf of Clarivate Analytics.

Francisco Javier Cantú Ortiz

Professor Francisco J. Cantu-Ortiz holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, UK, a MSc in Computer Science from North Dakota State University, USA, and a BSc in Computer Systems Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), México. He is Full Professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and Associate Vice-Provost for Research and is responsible for World University Rankings at ITESM. He was head of the Center for Artificial Intelligence and the Center for Informatics Research and has published scientific articles in resarch journals, conferences, and edited books. He has been an invited speaker in various international conferences and is accredited as National Researcher by the National Council for Science and Technology, Mexico. His research interests include knowledge-based systems and inference, machine learning, data mining, and data science using Bayesian and statistical techniques for research intelligence and science & technology management. He has an interest in epistemology and philosophy of science & religion.

Palak Sheth

Dr. Palak Sheth is Director (Planning & Development) at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), a University established through Gujarat State Legislative Act, 2007 in India. He assists President and Provost in the matters related to Strategic Planning & Development, University Governance, and Sustainability.

Prior to this, he played a vital role in conceptualizing and establishing Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) from scratch from 2003 till today. He has been instrumental in conceiving and establishing School of Petroleum Management, School of Petroleum Technology, School of Solar Energy, School of Liberal Studies, School of Technology, and Solar Research & Development Centre at PDPU. He has also played instrumental role in International Institution tie-ups and Industry collaboration for PDPU since inception. He was also actively involved in establishing Gujarat Power Energy and Research Institute Gujarat, India in 2010.

In addition to his role at the University, Dr. Sheth worked from 2009-2012 in the State Energy & Petrochemicals Department, Government of Gujarat for development of Solar Policy & its implementation in Gujarat. He has worked in the State Oil Company from 2001-2009 in Project execution in the area for Exploration, Production, Gas Pipeline, Power Project, IT and Education.

His research interests include University Governance, Financial Sustainability, and Institutional tie-ups for Higher Education Institutions.

David Liu

Dr. David Liu was appointed managing director of Asia Pacific in January 2017. He is responsible for Australia, New Zealand, the greater China region, Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia. He was previously the managing director of Thomson Reuters China business, responsible for Financial & Risk, Legal, Tax & Accounting and the Intellectual Property (IP) & Science business units.

David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China and a Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry from Zhongshan University (also known as Sun Yat-sen University) in Guangzhou, China. He completed his Ph.D. study in Bio-organic Chemistry at Zhongshan University. David also completed the General Management Program (GMP) at Harvard Business School in May 2009.

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