Canada doesn’t have a Harvard and that’s a good thing…” World Class Universities and the Shifting Canadian Higher Education Policy Terrain
This chapter examines how the world-class university and global ranking discourses have been engaged in the context of Canadian and Ontarian higher education, paying particular attention to the policy shifts it has stimulated. In addition to engaging with academic literature on WCU and rankings, the chapter relies on Canadian print media’s coverage of these issues between 2005-2017. The chapter presents an overview of the Canadian higher education; a brief history of rankings/differentiation; an outline of the global positioning of Canadian universities; a discussion of three key policy shifts; and finally observations on how this global policy discourse has produced both convergence and local versions of the WCU within the Canadian context. It ends by raising questions on Canada’s/Ontario’s future directions given its unique local context and changing global geopolitics.
Number of Pages
269 - 296
Canadian higher education, global positioning, World Class University
Education | Higher Education
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Trilokekar, Roopa; El Masri, Amira; and Embleton, Sheila, "Canada doesn’t have a Harvard and that’s a good thing…” World Class Universities and the Shifting Canadian Higher Education Policy Terrain" (2018). Books and Chapters. 3.
El Masri, Amira & Trilokekar, Roopa & Embleton, Sheila. (2018). “Canada doesn’t have a Harvard and that’s a good thing…” world-class universities and the shifting Canadian higher education policy terrain. In Rabossi, M., K.M. Joshi and S. Paivandi (Ed.) Pursuit of world-class universities: A global experience. Studera Press.