Academic Ranking of World Universities

2019-10-15 07:00:00
8th International Conference on World-Class Universities, 15-17 October, 2019, Shanghai, China


Philip Altbach

Philip G. Altbach is Research Professor and Founding Director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, where from 1994 to 2015 he was the Monan University Professor. He was the 2004-2006 Distinguished Scholar Leader for the New Century Scholars initiative of the Fulbright program, was given the Houlihan award for distinguished contributions to international education by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Bowen distinguished career award by the Association for the Study of Higher Education, and has been a senior associate of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2010, he was Erudite Scholar of the Government of Kerala. He has taught at Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin, and the State University of New York at Buffalo.

He is author of Global Perspectives on Higher Education, Turmoil and Transition, Student Politics in America, among other books. He also co-edited (with Jamil Salmi) the Road to Academic Excellence, (with Michael Bastedo and Patricia Gumport) American Higher Education in the 21st Century, the International Handbook of Higher Education, World Class Worldwide: Transforming Research Universities in Asia and Latin America and other books.

Dr. Altbach is a member of the Russian government’s “5-100 University Excellence Commission.” He is a member of the international advisory committee of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, and the Graduate School at Shanghai Jiaotong University. He is guest professor at Peking University and Xiamen University in China. He has been an Onwell Fellow at the University of Hong Kong, and a fellow of the National Science Foundation of Taiwan.

Dr. Altbach holds the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D degrees from the University of Chicago. He was awarded an honorary D.Litt degree by Symbiosis Internatonal University in India.

George Blumenthal

George Blumenthal is a theoretical astrophysicist, who among other contributions, was one of the pioneers of the cold dark matter model for the formation of structure in the universe. He later served as the chair of the Santa Cruz Division of the Academic Senate and was subsequently elected to serve as the chair of the UC system Academic Senate. He also served two years as a Faculty Representative to the UC Board of Regents. Beginning in 2006, Blumenthal served for 13 years as the Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz. Following his retirement in 2019, Blumenthal was appointed the Director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to that role, Blumenthal currently serves as vice chair of the board overseeing the Keck Observatory, on the board of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, and on the board of the American University of Armenia.

Tony F Chan

President Chan assumed his role as the third president of KAUST in September 2018 after nearly a decade as president of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). HKUST's global visibility and recognition significantly increased during his leadership.

Before joining HKUST, President Chan was Assistant Director of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the US National Science Foundation from 2006 to 2009.

He taught Computer Science at Yale University before joining UCLA as Professor of Mathematics in 1986 and was Chair of the Department of Mathematics in 1997 and later Dean of Physical Sciences.

He has served on the editorial boards of many journals.

Amongst his numerous advisory board roles are: member of the Board of Trustees of KAUST, member of the National Academy of Sciences, member of Yidan Prize Foundation Board, President's Advisory Council of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Scientific Advisory Board of the University of Vienna, International Advisory Board of Academic Ranking of World Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Board of Trustees of Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Russia, RIKEN Advisory Council of Japan, and the United States Committee of 100.

He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Strathclyde.

He received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Engineering from Caltech and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and he pursued postdoctoral research at Caltech as Research Fellow.

Christine Clerici

Christine Clerici is the first newly elected President of the Université de Paris. She was President of Paris Diderot University from May 2014 to 2019. She is also, since June 2018, the President of CURIF, the Coordination of French Research-Intensive Universities. She was appointed a member of the College of Ethics of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation in May 2018.

She defended her doctoral thesis in Medecine in 1984 and holds a doctorate in Science from Paris 12 University (1990). After specializing in pneumology, she became a hospital practitioner in functional explorations. She was appointed Professor of Physiology in 1995 and joined the Faculty of Medicine of Paris Diderot University in 2002. From 2005, Christine Clerici headed the Department of physiology-functional explorations for adults and children at Bichat and Louis-Mourier Hospitals.

In 2009, she led the Cellular Physiology Physiopathology program of the MSc in Health as well as the specialized program of the MSc in Epitheliums: Interface Structure at Paris Diderot University. As member of the Inserm unit "Pathophysiology and Epidemiology of Respiratory Failure", her research activities focus on the mechanisms involved in the reduction of pulmonary edema lesions, including in vitro and in vivo models of acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Université de Paris is a member of the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities. It is the largest University Hospital Center in Europe and has a particularly distinguished record in the humanities, the law and the sciences.

Luiz Claudio Costa

Professor Costa has retired as a Full Professor of Agricultural Engineering at Universidade Federal de Viçosa. At the University, he worked on undergraduate and graduate courses and research at the Agricultural Engineering Department. Since January 2017, he is an Academic vice Rector of IESB University, Brazil and since May 2018 he is the President of IREG Observatory on Ranking and Excellence. Member of the International Advisory Board of the King Abdulaziz University (KAU).

At the University of Viçosa he held the following positions: Rector (2008-2011); Head of Department of Agricultural Engineering (2006-2008); Pro-Rector (2000-2004); Postgraduate Coordinator of the Program in Agricultural Engineering (1994-1999).

He published more than 300 scientific papers nationally and internationally and advised over 60 Doctor’s and Master’s theses, and students’ academic and extension papers. Besides that, he was a member of the Brazilian National Council for Education (CNE), President of the Brazilian Society of Agricultural Meteorology. Leader of the research team specialists of Climate Change and Agricultural of the World Meteorological organization (WMO), from 2006 to 2010. Reviewer of the 5th report of IPCC (UN). Coordinator of the Committee for Climate Change and Agriculture of the Brazilian National Institute for Research and Technology on Climate Change (CNPq), from 2008 to present. Vice President of the Pisa Board (Program for International Student Assessment) of OECD, from 2012 to 2016. Member of the team of experts invited by the Russian Union of Rectors and the Russian Academy as a reviewer of the new Moscow International University Ranking “The Three University Missions”, from May to December 2017.

Within the Ministry of Education of Brazil, Mr. Costa held the following positions: Secretary of Higher Education (2011–2012); President of the National Institute of Educational Studies and Research Anísio Teixeira (INEP), from 2012 to 2014. Vice-Minister of Education from February 2014 to May 2016; Minister of Education between March and April 2015.

Mark Garlinghouse

Mark Garlinghouse is the Senior Advisor to ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. Mark has over 25 years of experience in the information industry, spending most of that time developing markets and teams in Asia Pacific. After working with Information Handling Services (IHS) focused on engineering documents, parts data, organic chemistry information and environmental information in the 90s, Mark joined the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) in 1998 where he led the company’s Asia Pacific expansion, opening offices in Beijing, Seoul, Sydney, and Taipei. Following the merger of ISI and Derwent to form Thomson Scientific, Mark held various business development and executive management positions. Following additional acquisitions globally, Mark focused the Asia team on supporting R&D intensive organizations and the scholarly communication eco-system. Most recently he worked with the Healthcare and Science and IP & Science businesses of Thomson Reuters as the senior vice president responsible for the Asia Pacific operations. Mark currently manages a consulting business, Information Solutions Media, supporting organizations to improve strategic focus, accelerate growth, and enhance execution efficiency. He also regularly provides investment advisory support services.

Susan Herbst

Susan Herbst is Professor of Political Science and President Emeritus at the University of Connecticut. She is author of many books and articles on American politics including Numbered Voices: How Opinion Polling Has Shaped American Politics, Politics at the Margin: Historical Studies of Public Expression outside the Mainstream and Reading Public Opinion: How Political Actors View the Democratic Process. Previously, she was Chief Academic Officer for the University System of Georgia, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University, and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University.

Futao Huang

Prof. 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.

Eric W. Kaler

Dr. Kaler served as the 16th President of the University of Minnesota from 2011 to 2019. He became President Emeritus and Professor in 2019. Prior to returning to the University of Minnesota, Dr. Kaler was the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stony Brook University on Long Island. Dr. Kaler received his bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1978 and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1982. After starting his career at the University of Washington, he moved to the University of Delaware in 1989, ultimately serving as the Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1996 to 2000 and the Dean of the College of Engineering from 2000 to 2007.

Dr. Kaler is a world-renowned scholar in the field of surfactant and colloid science and engineering. His work on these ‘complex fluids’ has implications for many processes and products. His work has been recognized extensively, and he was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2010. In 2014 he was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for his work as both an engineer and an educational leader. He was named in the first class of Presidential Young Investigators in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan. He is a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Pradeep Khosla

Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla is an internationally renowned electrical and computer engineer recognized for his seminal contributions in secure software, intelligent robot systems, and design. As UC San Diego’s chief executive officer, Chancellor Khosla provides vision and strategy, leading a campus of more than 38,000 students within six undergraduate colleges and 11 academic divisions and graduate schools; a preeminent health system; and the prestigious Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Khosla has positioned UC San Diego to define the future of the public research university by activating the institution’s first-ever strategic plan and launching the Campaign for UC San Diego, an ambitious 10-year, $2 billion endeavor aimed at transforming the university physically, intellectually and culturally. $1.85 billion has been raised in less than seven years.

The campus is currently undergoing a $2 billion construction boom to expand classroom and research space and double the number of beds to provide a four-year housing guarantee to undergraduates at 20 percent under market rate.

Under Chancellor Khosla’s leadership, UC San Diego has expanded college access and affordability for underserved students, initiated campus-wide interdisciplinary research initiatives to foster collaboration and solve societal challenges, and strengthened university and community partnerships to drive regional impact.

William C. Kirby

William C. Kirby is Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University. He is a University Distinguished Service Professor. Professor Kirby serves as Chairman of the Harvard China Fund, the University's academic venture fund for China, and Faculty Chair of the Harvard Center Shanghai, Harvard's first University-wide center located outside the United States.

A historian by training, Professor Kirby examines contemporary China's business, economic, and political development in an international context. He writes and teaches on the growth of modern companies in China (Chinese and foreign; state-owned and private); Chinese corporate law and company structure; business relations across Greater China (PRC, Taiwan, Hong Kong); and China's relations with the United States and Europe. He has authored or co-authored more than fifty HBS cases on business in China, ranging from start-ups to SOEs; agribusiness and middle-class consumption; banking and microfinance; healthcare and education; corporate governance and corporate social responsibility; and the global strategies of Chinese firms. His current projects include case studies of trend-setting Chinese businesses and a comparative study of higher education in China, Europe, and the United States. His most recent book is Can China Lead? (Harvard Business Review Press).

Henk Kummeling

Henk Kummeling (b. 1961) has served as Utrecht University's Rector Magnificus since 1 June 2018. Kummeling studied law in Nijmegen, where he also obtained his doctoral degree in 1988. In 1994, he was appointed Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law at Tilburg University. He has been a Professor at Utrecht University since 1995 and served as Dean of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance from 1 September 2008 until 1 September 2014. In 2015, the Executive Board appointed him a Distinguished Professor of Utrecht University for his outstanding academic record. Between 2002 and 2006, Kummeling chaired the committee that introduced the 'Utrecht teaching model'. He has lectured in China, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Suriname and South Africa. Law students in Utrecht and Tilburg have elected him 'lecturer of the year' on numerous occasions.

Yanrong Li

After earning his PhD from the Chinese Academy of Science in 1992, Li Yanrong went on do pursue postdoctoral studies at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, where he became professor in 1994. A year later, he went to Karlsruhe, Germany, as visiting researcher, followed by a further research visit to the University of Colorado Boulder in 1998 and a stint as visiting professor in Germany in 1999. He also served as dean of the School of Information, Materials Science, and Engineering at the University of Electronic Science and Technology (UESTC) and in 2001 was appointed dean of the School of Microelectronics and Solid-state electronics there. In 2003, Li joined the university leadership and served as UESTC’s president from 2013 to December 2017.

Li Yanrong has taught and supervised students in the area of materials and electrical components for many years; he has won many honors and awards for his innovative research and published over 260 scientific articles, as well as four monograph-length works. In 2011, he was appointed fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

Zhongqin Lin

Prof. Zhongqin Lin, is President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Prof. Lin received his Bachelor's degree in Naval Engineering from SJTU in 1982 and received his Ph.D. in Ship Structural Mechanics from SJTU in 1989.

His research interests in recent years include sheet metal forming, manufacturing quality control and process simulation technologies. Professor Lin has been in charge of more than 40 major projects sponsored by national “973” Program, “863” Program, the National Science Foundation of China as well as Industry projects. Professor Lin has received many honors and awards for his outstanding research achievements. These include 3 National Science and Technology Progress Awards, Award for Ten Elite Scholars of Science and Technology in Shanghai, The First Prize of Shanghai Science and Technology Advancement Awards and the First Prize of Shanghai Science and Technology Invention Awards, the First Prize of Science and Technology Advancement Awards for China’s Machine-building Industry,, the First Prize of GM Foundation Science and Technology Achievement Award, Chiang Technology Achievement Award, Prize for Scientific and Technology Innovation of Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation, China National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholar and Cheung Kong Scholar Achievement Award.

Professor Lin has also played a leading role in numerous professional organizations. He is a member of the standing committee of Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society, Chairman of the Modern Design Methodology Society of Shanghai, Vice Chairman of Shanghai Automotive Engineering Society, Vice Chairman of Shanghai Mechanical Engineering Society and Vice Chairman of Shanghai Aviation Society.

He is also the editorial member of ASME Trans, JSME, International Journal of Sustainable Design, Journal of Plasticity Engineering, Forging & Stamping Technology, Journal of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Machine Design & Research, etc.

He is a member of the International Advisory Committee of Collage of Engineering, University of Michigan. He is also a member of State Council Academic Degree Committee and a convener of Disciplinary Consultative Group for Mechanical Engineering. He is the Director of GM-SJTU Collaborative Research Laboratory in Advanced Manufacturing Processes, Baosteel-SJTU United Laboratory of AutoSheet Application Technology, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Digital Automotive Body Engineering as well as Advanced Manufacturing Process Center for Civil Aircraft of SJTU-COMAC and SJTU-Tangche Collaborative Laboratory of High-Speed Railway Vehicle Body.

Zhanjiang Liu

Dr. Zhanjiang (John) Liu has been serving as Vice President for Research at Syracuse University and Professor in the Department of Biology since 2007. Before that, he was a Distinguished Alumni Professor in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences at Auburn University where he also served as associate dean for research in the College of Agriculture, associate director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, and Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Research.

Liu has provided leadership for various national and international functions, including serving as the coordinator for aquaculture under the USDA National Animal Genome Program NRSP-8. He has served on the Advisory Board of Oceans and Human Health of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Advisory Board for the National Laboratory of Qingdao Marine Science and Technology of China; and as a trustee member for Guangdong Ocean University. He also has served on numerous national grant panels for federal agencies and for international funding agencies, and he was a panel manager for programs of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

As an international authority in the area of aquaculture genomics and bioinformatics, Liu has trained more than 100 Ph.D. students and postdocs, obtained more than 80 grants totaling more than $48 million, and authored four books and more than 350 papers and book chapters. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007 and a Fellow of the World Aquaculture Society in 2017, and he currently serves on the Steering Committee of USDA in developing the Blueprint for Animal Genomics and Genetics 2018-2027.

Nian Cai Liu

Prof. 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.

Yu Liu

David Liu is Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific, Clarivate Analytics. He is responsible for the business growth in Asia Pacific region, and he is also the member of Clarivate Analytics Global Executive Leadership Team. Prior to his current role, David was Managing Director of China for Thomson Reuters and he was responsible for Thomson Reuter’s overall business in China and Mongolia. David was also Member of the Global Operating Committee for Thomson Reuters, and the Global Executive Leadership Team for Global Growth & Operations business of Thomson Reuters. David has rich experience in leadership and business growth. He was the Managing Director of China for IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters from 1998 to April of 2013. After that, he was appointed as Managing Director of China for Financial & Risk business of Thomson Reuters. Then from 2014 to 2016, David worked as the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of China for Thomson Reuters. David was also the Board of Director of from 2013-2016. In the past two decades, David has been committed to providing intellectual information solutions and services to professionals in academic research institutes, high-tech enterprises, government, financial institutions and professional firms in Asia Pacific. David has been playing an active role in the academic and research community in the region, and he was awarded the “Certificate of Honour” for his outstanding contributions to Chinese education in both 2008 and 2010 by the Ministry of Education of China.

Pierre de Maret

Professor of archeology and anthropology at the ULB, he was the Rector from 2000 to 2006 and is also Honorary Professor at University College London, and Doctor Honoris Causa of Lyon II Universities, Lubumbashi, Montreal, La Republica (Chile), Tübingen and Chisinau.

He has been conducting field research in Central Africa for more than 45 years, and is currently involved in a multidisciplinary ERC project on the origin of the Kongo Kingdom. In addition to archeology, his areas of interest also include economic and applied anthropology, museology and cultural management. Author of a large number of publications in these fields, he has been President of the Society of Africanist Archeology (USA), and is regularly invited to foreign universities.

From 2005 to 2009, he was a member of the Office of the European University Association (EUA) and is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Shanghai Ranking of Universities (ARWU).

Since 2000 he has been chairman of the Scientific Council of the Royal Museum of Central Africa (Tervuren) and was elected member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Overseas in 1987, and the Royal Academy of Belgium in 2010.

Cheryl Matherly

Dr. Cheryl Matherly is the vice president and vice provost for international affairs at Lehigh University. She serves as the university’s senior international officer and is charged with providing strategic leadership for its numerous international education programs, including study abroad, international student services, ESL programs, international internships, partnership programs, Fulbright programs, UN programs, and the Iacocca Institute. Dr. Matherly’s special area of interest is with the internationalization and workforce development. Dr. Matherly received four NSF grants for projects related to the preparation of science and engineering graduates for the global workforce. She has written extensively on the relationship between employability and education abroad, including several book chapters that examined this topic in context of comparative national policies. She is recognized for her leadership on issues related to international internships and experiential learning, and is currently serving as president of the Association for International Education Administrators, the association for senior university leaders. She has an Ed.D. from the University of Houston, an M.S. in education from Indiana University, and a B.A. in English literature and political science from the University of New Mexico. She is the recipient of two Fulbright grants, in Japan and Germany.

John Molony

As Pro Vice Chancellor, International at Deakin University John leads on strategy and operations across the University’s broad internationalisation agenda.

Prior to Deakin, John was Vice President, Strategy with QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the London based rankings agency where he remains on the Advisory Board. Other current representative roles include sitting on the executive of Universities Australia DVC International Group; the India Reference Group of the federal government’s International Education Council; the Board of the Australia Myanmar Institute; and the Deakin College Jakarta Board.

John has expertise in international relations and programs, teaching and research collaboration, and the student experience and maintains an extensive network of senior contacts across the sector in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and the Middle East.

John completed his BA at RMIT and has undertaken further studies with INSEAD, the University of Melbourne, the University of London and Coursera.

Gerard Postiglione

Gerard A. Postiglione is Professor, Coordinator of the Consortium for Research on Higher Education. He was Chair Professor in Higher Education, Associate Dean for Research, Head of the Division of Policy, Administration and Social Science in the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. He has published 16 books and over 150 articles and chapters. His books include: Mass Higher Education in East Asia, Crossing Borders in East Asian Higher Education, Asian Higher Education, and China’s Precarious Balance (forthcoming with Johns Hopkins University Press). He is editor of Chinese Education and Society, and four book series about education in China.

In 2006, he received the Outstanding Research Supervisor Award from The University of Hong Kong. In 2011, he received the Best Book Award from the North American Comparative and International Education Society. In 2014, he received the Humanities and Social Science Prestigious Fellowship Award by the Hong Kong Government Research Grants Council. In 2015, he received a Lifetime Contribution Award from the North American Comparative and International Education Society for studies in higher education. In 2016, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association for his contribution to research. In 2016, his autobiography was published in Leaders in the Sociology of Education. In 2017, he received a second Best Book Award. A collection of his research works was published by Routledge Press in 2017.

He has been a consultant to 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 other international agencies. He also advised international foundations, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching on the academic profession. He was senior consultant to the Ford Foundation on educational reform and cultural vitality in China for one year. His policy reports have been received by China’s National Reform and Development Commission, State Education Commission and Ministry of Education. He directed the Wah Ching Centre of Research on Education in China for 10 years.

In the media, he appeared on CNN and China’s CCTV, wrote for The New York Times and The Washington Post, and has been quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other publications such as Science, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Shanghai Education, and he has written for Hong Kong’s English and Chinese language press. He was invited to brief the Office of the Secretary of the US Department of Education and is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations. He has attended functions at The White House Rose Garden and China’s Great Hall of the People.

He held sabbatical appointments at Yale University Council on East Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Columbia University Institute for East Asian Studies, Stanford University School of Education, Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education, and George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, also at the Chinese Academy of Social Science, Peking University and Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Jan Sadlak

Jan Sadlak is internationally recognized and highly cited scholar in higher education and science. In recent years his interest has been focused on academic excellence and related to evaluation of academic performance, in particular accreditation, benchmarking and academic rankings.

In the past more than 30 years he has been involved in senior-level policy development and advice to international governmental organizations, in particular UNESCO and The World Bank. In this regard he has been dealing with governments, academic organizations as well as higher education institutions in Europe, the North America, Asia, and the Arab Region.

In the course of recent years he has the following positions:
President IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence 2009-2018;
University Professor and Vice-rector for International Cooperation, University of Social Sciences and Humanities/Uniwersytet SWPS, Warsaw, Poland [September 2009 – January 2011];
Director UNESCO-European Centre for Higher Education (UNESCO-CEPES), Bucharest, Romania [October 1999 – July 2009];
Chief of Section for Higher Education Policy at UNESCO, Paris, France [1992 – September 1999].

Currently, he is a visiting professor and member of the advisory boards of several leading universities in Europe and Arab Region.

He holds PhD in Educational Administration from the SUNY/University of Buffalo, USA, and MA in Economics from the University of Economics in Wrocław, Poland. He was also a postgraduate student at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Sadiq Sait

Sadiq M. Sait obtained a Bachelor's degree in Electronics from Bangalore University, India, in 1981, and Master's and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in 1983 & 1987 respectively. Since 1987 he has been working at the College of Computer Sciences & Engineering where he is now a Professor. In 1981 Sait received the best Electronic Engineer award from the Indian Institute of Electrical Engineers, Bangalore (where he was born). He is a recipient of several other awards for his teaching and research. Sait has authored over 200 research papers, contributed chapters to technical books, and lectured in over 25 countries. He also has been granted over 15 patents by USPTO. Sadiq M. Sait is the principle author of the books (1) VLSI PHYSICAL DESIGN AUTOMATION: Theory & Practice, published by McGraw-Hill Book Co., Europe, (and also co-published by IEEE Press), January 1995, and (2) ITERATIVE COMPUTER ALGORITHMS with APPLICATIONS in ENGINEERING (Solving Combinatorial Optimization Problems): published by IEEE Computer Society Press, California, USA, 1999. He was the Head of Computer Engineering Department, KFUPM from January 2001 - December 2004, Director of Information Technology and CIO of KFUPM between 2005 and 2011, and now is the Director of the Center for Communications and IT Research at the Research Institute of KFUPM. He has over 35 years of experience in Higher Education Strategy, Research Analytics, etc.

Jamil Salmi

Dr. 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.

Christopher Tremewan

Dr Tremewan was elected 4th Secretary General of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities and took up the role from June 2011. Before heading the APRU International Secretariat, he was the Vice-President/Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) of the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in social anthropology from the University of Auckland, a master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in political science (on Southeast Asian politics) from the University of Canterbury. He was elected a senior associate member of St. Antony's College, Oxford University, in September 1991 from where he published the book The Political Economy of Social Control in Singapore (Macmillan and St Martin’s Press, 1994, reprinted 1996). He was a visiting fellow at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 2003 and a visiting professor at Peking University in 2007 – 2008.

Satish Tripathi

An internationally distinguished researcher and higher education leader, Satish K. Tripathi, PhD, was appointed the University at Buffalo’s 15th president in 2011.

Tripathi was UB’s provost from 2004-2011 and dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California-Riverside from 1997-2004. Previously, he spent 19 years as professor of computer science at the University of Maryland, including seven as department chair.

Tripathi graduated at the top of his class from Banaras Hindu University. He holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Toronto, and two master’s degrees in statistics from the University of Alberta and BHU.

Tripathi serves on the Mid-American Conference Council of Presidents Executive Committee, and on the boards of the NCAA Division I, NCAA Board of Governors, and the College Football Board of Managers. He previously served on the board of directors for the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

A fellow of the IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Tripathi has published more than 200 scholarly papers, supervised more than 30 doctoral and postdoctoral students and served on program committees of numerous international conferences. He has been the editor of several scientific journals and is a founding editorial board member of IEEE Pervasive Computing.

Rocky S. Tuan

Professor Rocky S. Tuan assumed office as the eighth vice-chancellor and president of The Chinese University of Hong Kong on 1 January 2018. He is concurrently Lee Quo Wei and Lee Yick Hoi Lun Professor of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at the University. Prior to joining CUHK in 2016 as a distinguished visiting professor and the founding director of the Institute for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, he held several appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, including distinguished professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering in the School of Medicine. He is also founding director of the Center for Military Medicine Research and Associate Director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Professor Tuan is an internationally renowned biomedical scientist specializing in musculoskeletal biology and tissue regeneration, whose work covers both basic science and engineering, as well as translational and clinical applications. His significant contributions have been recognized by the Hap Paul Award of the International Society of Technologies in Arthroplasty in 1997, the Marshall Urist Award for Excellence in Tissue Regeneration Research of the Orthopaedic Research Society in 2004, the Carnegie Science Award in Life Sciences, and the Clemson Award of the Society for Biomaterials in 2016. In 2017, Professor Tuan was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for his accomplishments in innovation and translational research that bring significant impact on society.

Alex Usher

Alex Usher is President of Higher Education Strategy Associates, a consultancy based in Toronto, Canada with a practice that includes work on all six continents. He is the author or co-author of many works on access, student financial assistance, higher education finance and quality measurement. His most recent major work, with Dominic Orr and Johannes Wespel of the German Centre for Higher Education and Science Studies (DZHW), is Do Changes in Cost-Sharing Have an Impact on the Behaviour of Students and Higher Education Institutions? Evidence from Nine-Case Studies.

Marijk van der Wende

Marijk van der Wende is Distinguished Faculty Professor of Higher Education at Utrecht University’s Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance. Her research focuses on the impact of globalization and internationalization on higher education systems, institutions, curricula, and teaching and learning arrangements.

She is also an affiliate faculty and research associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of California Berkeley and Guest Professor and member of the International Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Education Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

She is a member of the Academia Europaea (the Academy of Europe) and has been a chair and member of numerous national and international advisory committees and editorial boards.

Previously she held full professorial positions at CHEPS, University of Twente (2001-2016), VU University Amsterdam (2006-2015), and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University (Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Graduate School of Education), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Center for World-Class Universities and Graduate School of Education), the University of California Berkeley (Center for Studies in Higher Education), and Boston College (Centre for International Higher Education).

She served as Dean of Graduate Studies at Utrecht University (2015-2017), Founding Dean of Amsterdam University College (2007-2015), President of the programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) of the OECD (2005-2011), member of the Higher Education Authority Ireland (2011-2015), the Scientific Board of the Dutch Military Academy (2007-2013), and worked at NUFFIC (the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education) (1992-1998), the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) in Brussels (1994-1998), and in school education in France and the Netherlands (1980-1990).

Marijk 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.

Kim A. Wilcox

Kim A. Wilcox was appointed UC Riverside’s ninth chancellor in August 2013. During his tenure, UC Riverside has seen transformative growth across its education, research, and public service missions, as well as the establishment of new schools of medicine and public policy. Over the last four years, UCR has grown its faculty by over 200, including two Nobel Laureates, while increasing the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity among incoming faculty members. Likewise, UCR has added or renovated more than 100,000 square feet of building space on campus since 2013 with another $1 billion in capital projects underway. During Wilcox’s tenure, UC Riverside has become a national model for achieving student success, particularly across socio-economic and ethnic categories.

Randy Woodson

Dr. Randy Woodson became North Carolina State University’s 14th chancellor in April 2010. Woodson leads the largest university in North Carolina, with more than 34,000 students and a $1.5 billion budget. Under his leadership, the university created and implemented The Pathway to the Future strategic plan and advanced each of its strategic goals.

NC State has become a lead university for two NSF Engineering Research Centers, one Manufacturing USA institute and partner on six others, and expanded to more than 70 industry and government partnerships on its nationally recognized Centennial Campus. NC State has also garnered national and international recognition for its faculty and student scholarship.

NC State launched the Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign to raise $1.6 billion for scholarships, research, programs and facilities, propelling the university to even greater heights. Leading by example to tackle the world’s grand challenges, Woodson also chairs the APLU Commission of Global Food Security and serves on the US Council of Competitiveness Executive Committee.

Mark S. Wrighton

Mark S. Wrighton, PhD, is professor of Chemistry and Chancellor Emeritus at Washington University in St. Louis. He serves as a University Trustee and Chairs the Board’s Global Engagement Committee. He focuses on teaching and continuing to build international programs and partnerships. Wrighton served as the 14th Chancellor of the University from 1995 through May 31, 2019. Prior to serving as Chancellor he was on the chemistry faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology beginning in 1972, and from 1990 until 1995 he served as Provost.

Wrighton has received many awards for his research and scholarly writing, including the MacArthur Prize. He is the author of over 300 articles in professional and scholarly journals and holder of 16 patens. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the American Philosophical Society.

Wrighton received his B.S. degree with honors in chemistry from Florida State University in 1969 and his PhD in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1972.

Akiyoshi Yonezawa

Dr. Akiyoshi Yonezawa is Professor and Vice-Director, International Strategy Office, Tohoku University. From April 2016 to June 2018, he served as the director of the Office of Institutional Research at Tohoku University. With a background in sociology, he mainly conducts research on comparative higher education policy – especially focusing on world-class universities, internationalization of higher education, and public-private relationships in higher education. He established his expertise in higher education policy and management though working experience at universities and public organisations such as Nagoya University, OECD, and the University of Tokyo. He is a board member at Japan Association for Higher Education Research. He is a co-editor of Book Series Higher Education in Asia: Quality, Excellence and Governance series (Springer Book Series). His recent co-edited book Researching Higher Education in Asia (Springer, 2018) was granted the “Best Book Award 2019” from Comparative and International Education Society (SIG Higher Education)

Weihong Zhang

Zhang Weihong, born in August 1964, Ph.D from University of Liege, Belgium. He is a professor and doctoral supervisor at Northwestern Polytechnical University. He is currently the vice president of Northwestern Polytechnical University. The first “Changjiang” Scholar of the Aeronautical Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering of the Ministry of Education, China. He has won the National Outstanding Youth Science Fund. He has long been engaged in the research of mechanical design and manufacturing, and has achieved systematic innovations in the high-performance design of aerospace structures and the optimization of cutting manufacturing processes.

Yu Zhou

Zhou Yu is a renowned scientist in the field of advanced ceramics materials and also plays the role as the convener of Materials Science and Engineering discipline, the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council. He was admitted to Harbin Institute of Technology in 1977, majoring in metallic materials and heat treatment, and obtained his bachelor's degree and master's degree of engineering in Jan. 1982 and Nov. 1984. He was admitted to a joint doctoral program hosted by HIT and the University of Tokyo, and received his Ph.D. degree of engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in Mar. 1989. He has mainly involved in the field of phase transformation and toughening in ceramics and ceramic matrix composites for multi-functional thermal protective components of spacecraft. His original work has resulted in the invention of new ceramic matrix composites that have been successfully applied in many fields such as aerospace. He has been honored with one second-class National Technology Invention Prize, more than 10 first-class and second-class science and technology prizes awarded by provincial and ministerial authorities. He has been granted more than 80 national invention patents and authored and co-authored more than 400 academic papers and five textbooks and monographs. He has also been honored with one first-class National Prize of Excellent Textbooks for university and two second-class National Prizes for Outstanding Teaching Achievements for higher education. In 2009, he was elected as the academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. He served as the 13th NPC delegate.

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.

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