- Copyright Page
- Preface and Acknowledgements
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- The Description and Comparison of Societal Systems of Higher Education and University Management
- Criticality, Academic Autonomy, and Societal Progress
- Socializing Human Capital for Twenty-First Century Educational Goals: Suggestive Empirical Findings from Multinational Research
- Changing the Nature and Role of Universities: The Effects of Funding and Governance Reforms on Universities as Accountable Organizational Actors
- Recent Trends in East and West University Governance: Two Kinds of Hollowness
- Cycles of Evolution of Ideal Types of Universities: Causes and Consequences for the University Mission—The Case of Poland
- The Implications of a Diversifying Workforce for Institutional Governance and Management in Higher Education
- The Collegial Tradition in English Higher Education: What Is It, What Sustains It, and How Viable Is Its Future?
- Managing a University in Turbulent Times
- Critical Factors and Forces Influencing Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century
- A New World of Communications in Higher Education and Its Implications
- Leading in Higher Education
- Policy and Practice in University–Business Relations
- Macro Changes and the Implications for Equality and Social and Gender Justice in Higher Education
- Macro Changes and the Implications for Higher Education Research: A Case Study in the Health Sector and Graduate Practice
- Canada in a Global System of Higher Education: The Role of Community Engagement
- Developing and Maintaining Transnational Research Collaborations: A Case Study of Australian Universities
- Scholarship in the University: An Ecological Perspective
- Higher Education Finance: Global Realities, Policy Options, and Common Misunderstandings
- Educating for the Cooperative Society: The Role of Government in Building Human and Social Capital
- Educating for the Cooperative Society: The Role of Industry in Building Human and Social Capital
- Educating for the Cooperative Society: The Role of Universities, Research, and the Academic Professions in Fostering Good Citizenship
- Governments Need To, and Do, Trust Universities
- Education and Technological Unemployment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
- Educating for the Innovative Society: The Role of Indian Institutes of Technology in India
- Policy Implications for Equity, Gender, and Widening Participation in Higher Education
- Reactions, Reflections, and Renewal: The Significance of Higher Education for Intellectual, Societal, and Personal Advancement
- Maintaining the Contribution of Higher Education to Societal Progress
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter considers the higher education leader’s perspective in conjunction with the following themes: (1) the leader as a change agent, responding to mega trends (globalization, digitalization and the demands of knowledge-based economies); (2) the challenge of choosing the right gear of change (evolution, rapid evolution, revolution) whilst executing transformations; (3) the recognition at all levels (macro, meta, micro) of the value of diversity, and understanding that institutions are typically a blend of three ultra-types (knowledge for the sake of knowledge; utilitarian, accountable institution; sustainable enterprises) and the importance of matching leadership; (4) understanding the alignment of ‘ABC’ (academic aspiration, business, communities) whilst enlarging C through emotional engagement; and (5) the imperative to secure funding to achieve strategic objectives and institutional sustainability (fundraising, public–private partnerships, cooperative constructions). Current funding realities suggest big is truly beautiful but this risks diminishing diversity.
Maurits van Rooijen has a career spanning over a quarter of a century as an international educator and pioneer in the globalization of education. He started as economic historian with a doctorate in Green Urbanisation at the University of Utrecht. He has held senior positions at universities across the globe, including Leiden University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Victoria University in Melbourne. Since September 2012, he has been the CEO (academic) and Group Rector at Global University Systems (GUS). Prior to this appointment, Maurits was Rector Magnificus and CEO of Nyenrode University in the Netherlands. From 1993 to 2009, he was (Executive) Vice-President for International and Institutional Development at the University of Westminster. Global University Systems was launched in 2012 with the ambition to establish the world’s first higher education system. It now operates some fifteen universities and colleges in the private sector, widely diversified in terms of geographic locations, range of disciplines, spectrum of academic accessibility, and affordability of programmes and modes of delivery. In addition it offers services to a wide range of partner institutions. The current footprint ranges from Vancouver to Singapore. Maurits is recipient of several awards including the Constance Meldrum Prize for Vision and Leadership in Education (EAIE 2013) and the Golden Insignia of the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (2015).
Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.
If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.