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A Treatise on the Challenges Universities Face in Current Times

News Release Date: December 12, 2018

This book is by Christina Chow & Clement Leung, Published on: November 9th, 2018


Redefining University Leadership for the 21st Century is a treatise on the challenges universities face in current times. Readers will understand, in three parts, the heart of what makes a great university.

In a constantly changing economic environment, higher education institutions need to adapt in order to be relevant to their stakeholders and the society. The unpredictable landscape also demands a fresh approach as university presidents are increasingly subject to high resolution and three-dimensional scrutiny. Instead of relying on last century’s old management mindset, university leaders must build institutions that are agile and flexible, which can continuously learn to adapt to the changing environment.

The initial part of the book covers the market failures and the management practices that have led to the erosion of confidence in universities among stakeholders. The authors examine the consequences of market failures caused by the marketization of higher education: an oversupply of graduates, student dissatisfaction, mismatch between qualifications and needed skills, student disillusionment, and the diminishing return on investments by students and their families.

Next, authors offer concrete advice on how universities can future-proof university graduates in this fast-changing world of the fourth industrial revolution and artificial intelligence. The authors also provide valuable strategies to help university leaders to lead effectively in this uncertain world with a concluding case study on the University of Hong Kong.

With its clear, logical and concise presentation, Redefining University Leadership for the 21st Century is a must-read for anyone who leads, works or studies in a university, or is interested in current trends in the higher education sector.

About the Author:

Dr. Christina Chow

Dr Christina Chow has an Honours degree in Microbiology and Immunology from Canada’s McGill University, a Master of Management from the Norwegian School of Management, and a Doctor of Business Administration from Australia’s University of Newcastle. Her previous publications include Reshaping Universities for Survival in the 21st Century: New Opportunities and Paradigms and Mission Possible? An analysis of Australian universities’ missions.

Professor Clement Leung

Professor Clement Leung has an honours degree in Mathematics from McGill University, Canada, an MSc in Mathematics from Oxford University, and a PhD in Computer Science from University College London. He holds two US patents, and his publications include four books and well over one hundred research articles in top high-impact journals. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, awarded a Chartered Fellow by the British Computer Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Keywords: Higher Education, University Administration, Leadership, Universities in Crisis, Idea of a University, Academic Capitalism, Active Learning, Authentic Leadership, Blended Learning, Big Data, Graduate Employability, Learning Factory, Crisis Management, Fourth Industrial Revolution, FutureWork Skills, Global Education Hubs, University Governance, High-level machine intelligence (HLMI), Innovative University, Liberal Arts & Science Education.


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