Research Universities Going Global

Universities are affected by the global economy, new communication technologies, and fundamental changes in the markets for students, faculty and graduates. Research universities in particular are attempting to be influential global actors, developing new collaborations with other universities, establishing branch campuses, enrolling increased numbers of international students, adopting English in professional and other degree programs.

What strategies are being adopted by leading research universities in the U.S. and Europe to respond to these new contingencies and ensure their future viability and prestige? This research collaboration seeks to develop a series of empirical studies of how universities throughout the world are adapting and changing their missions, operations and institutional culture to accommodate a more complicated and networked world. 

The Research Universities Going Global (RUGG) project is a collaboration between researchers and associates affiliated with the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley  and the International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER), University of Kassel, Germany.


Project Related Publications and Papers


INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC MOBILITY: Towards a Concentration of the Minds in Europe by Marijk van der Wende CSHE.3.15 (February 2015) 

FROM SOFT POWER TO ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY? A Comparison Of The Changing Rationales And Roles Of The U. S. And Canadian  Federal Governments In International Education by Roopa Desai Trilokekar CSHE.2.15 (February 2015)

Towards Quality Transntional Education by Rahul Choudaha and Richard J Edelstein, University World News, 15 October 2014 Issue No: 339 

GLOBALIZATION AND STUDENT LEARNING: A Literature Review and Call for Greater Conceptual Rigor and Cross-Institutional Studies by Richard Edelstein CSHE.6.14 (April 2014)

PROFILING THE FLAGSHIP UNIVERSITY MODEL: An Exploratory Proposal for Changing the Paradigm From Ranking to Relevancy by John Aubrey Douglass CSHE.5.14 (April 2014)

Douglass, J.A., Edelstein, & Hoareau, C. (2014). Bring the world to California: A global hub for higher education. BOOM: A Journal of California, 4(1), 54-61.

INTERNATIONAL BERKELEY: Enrolling International Students Yesterday and Today, Debates on the Benefits of Multicultural Diversity, and Macro Questions on Access and Equity by John Aubrey Douglass CSHE.3.14 (March 2014)


SINO-AMERICAN JOINT PARTNERSHIPS: Why Some Succeed and Others Fail by Daniel J. Julius and Mitch Leventhal CSHE.1.14 (March 2014)

SEEKING A ROADMAP TO BECOMING WORLD CLASS: Strategic Planning at Peking University by Xie Guangkuan CSHE.11.13 (June 2013)

Seeking Smart Growth: The Idea of a California Global Higher Education Hub by John Aubrey Douglass, Richard Edelstein and Cecil Haoreau, California Journal of Politics and Policy,January 2013,5(1): 1-29

Comprehending the International Initiatives of Universities: A Taxonomy of Modes of Engagement and Institutional Logics by Richard J. Edelstein and John Aubrey Douglass. CSHE.19.12 (December 2012)

Trends Toward Global Excellence in Undergraduate Education: Taking the Liberal Arts Experience into the 21st Century by Marijk van der Wende. CSHE 18.12 (December 2012)

The Goals of Transnational Education: Reflections of a True Believer by Jeffrey S. Lehman. CSHE 17.12 (December 2012)

"China Futurisms: Research Universities and Leaders or Followers?” Social Research: An International Quarterly, vol. 79, no 3, fall 2012.

To Judge International Branch Campuses, We Need to Know Their Goals by Richard J. Edelstein and John Aubrey Douglass, Chronicle of Higher Education, (February 2012)

A Global Talent Magnet: How a San Francisco/Bay Area Higher Education Hub Could Advance California’s Comparative Advantage In Attracting International Talent and Further Build US Economic Competitiveness by John Douglas, Richard Edelstein and Cecile Hoareau. CSHE 9.11 (May 2011)

US Higher Education as An Export: Its is about the money, but also much more – April 28, 2011

Where are the International Students in California? The answer might surprise you – April 5, 2011

No Better Export: Higher Education – April 3, 2011

The Global Competition for Talent: The Rapidly Changing Market for International Students and the Need for a Strategic Approach in the US by John Aubrey Douglass and Richard Edelstein. CSHE.8.2009 (October 2009).

Globalization's Muse: Universities and Higher Education Systems in a Changing World by John Aubrey Douglass, C. Judson King, Irwin Feller (ed.) Berkeley Public Policy Press, 2009.

Whither the Global Talent Pool? by John Aubrey Douglass and Richard Edelstein. Change Magazine (July/August 2009).

Decoding Learning Gains: Measuring Outcomes and the Pivotal Role of the Major and Student Backgrounds by Gregg Thomson and John Aubrey Douglass. CSHE.5.2009 (May 2009).

College vs. Unemployment: Expanding Access to Higher Education Is the Smart Investment During Economic Downturns by John Aubrey Douglass. CSHE.21.2008 (November 2008).

The Big Curve: Trends in University Fees and Financing in the EU and US by John Aubrey Douglass and Ruth Keeling. CSHE.19.2008 (November 2008).

The Poor and the Rich: A Look at Economic Stratification and Academic Performance Among Undergraduate Students in the United States by John Aubrey Douglass and Gregg Thomson. CSHE.15.2008 (October 2008).

Universities, the US High Tech Advantage, and the Process of Globalization, by John Aubrey Douglass. CSHE Research and Occasional Papers Series, CSHE.8.08. (May 2008).

Wrong Trajectory: America is Losing Its Higher Education Advantage, with Enormous Repercussions by John Aubrey Douglass. California Magazine May/June 2008.

A World of Competitors: Assessing the US High Tech Advantage and the Process of Globalization by John Aubrey Douglass. Higher Education Management and Policy, OECD Journal vol. 20 no. 2 April 2008.

Creating a Culture of Aspiration: The Role of Higher Education in Human Capital and Social Change, by John Aubrey Douglass. Peking University Education Review (in Chinese) vol. 6 no. 2 2008.

Researchers and Associates

John Douglass
CSHE Senior Research Fellow – Public Policy and Higher Education

Roopa DesaiTrilokekar
York University

Richard Edelstein
CSHE Research Associate

Margaret Heisel
CSHE Research Associate

Cecile Hoareau McGrath
Analyst RAND Europe and CSHE Research Associate

Georg Krücken
Director INCHER, University of Kassel, Germany

Anna Kosmützky
INCHER, University of Kassel, Germany

Marijk van der Wende

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies


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