The Pursuit of ‘World Class Universities’

15th Jul 2021

In the last few years the label “world class universities” (WCU) has made frequent, sometimes dissonant, appearances in public, state and academic discussions, and often employed synonymously with “research universities” or “global research universities” (a coinage that emerged post-2005, from research conducted by the Fulbright New Century Scholars Programme). The “global university” tag is being used liberally across higher education institutions (HEIs) in India too now. The tag is more than just that. It flags several important aspects of a changing HEI system. And yet, the contradictions within this WCU category and what it entails are glaring.

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