IHEC 2017

IHEC 2017 Conference Theme

Reconsidering World-Class University:Global university rankings, academic excellence, policy borrowing and national relevancy

The main goal of this conference is to promote collaboration, share and discuss emerging practices, trends, research findings and theoretical perspectives in the context of today’s higher education.

With the rise of economic competition in the global world, many countries have started to make investments to boost the economic performance, and so to establish world-class universities. Global university rankings have also contributed to the reproduction and sustainability of the term world-class university. Many universities are now trying to emulate the characteristics of world-class universities to be at the top of those global university rankings. These all make it imperative to carefully examine how the term world-class university has evolved since its appearance. One of the most important reasons for this is the tradition of policy borrowing from the developed countries, which is quite common in the developing countries but not effective because of low levels of alignment with national and local needs.

The conference, thus, aims to examine the World-Class University phenomenon and to find solutions to the problems surrounding this phenomenon by raising the following questions.

  1. How has the term World-Class University changed since its appearance?
  2. How does global university rankings discourse connect to a specific national context? What are the effects of global university rankings in a specific national context?
  3. What are the components of a World-Class University?
  4. What are the alternatives to theWorld-Class University modal?

Significance of the Conference

One reason for the emergence of the term world-class university is encouraging competitiveness for assuring academic quality. Because of increased global competition, global university rankings have been used to maintain international competitiveness and to reflect a judgment about the value of higher education institutions. That’s why, the efforts of higher education insitutitons in evolving into world-class universities are not just a part of higher education systems but they are also a part of country policies and investments.
Within this context, it is important for higher education institutions to understand the depth and the breadth of the term world-class university and its impact on the transformation of higher education institutions so that they can identify their needs, international competitiveness, and transformation process.

IHEC 2017 will give us an opportunity to discuss the emerging trends and models in the process of building world-class universities. Bringing together academicians and/or administrators from around the world, the conference will also let us discuss the current position of higher education institutions at both national and international level, leading to a discussion on the alternatives to the world-class university model.

This conference, therefore, aims to lead to a discussion on the alternative higher education models, which connect the discourse of international competitiveness to a specific national context. To circulate this discussion, the alternative models and policy recommendations emerging from the conference will be shared with the relevant policy makers and the selected manuscripts presented in the conference will be published in at least one special issue.

Participation Types

Oral Presentation:
15 minutes

Panel (60-90 minutes):
Panel proposals must include at least three manuscripts. Panel chairs must introduce panel’s presenters and lead the discussion.

Submission Guidelines

The conference languages are Turkish and English. The actual language of presentations must conform to the language of the abstract that was accepted for presentation. Simultaneous translation will be provided for panels. Presentations in English are preferred.

All abstracts must be 200 to 400 words in length and must include at 3 to 5 key words.  Abstracts must be in line with the conference theme and must reflect the topic presenters have indicated in their choice of topic.

IHEC 2017 is a refereed scientific conference. All the abstracts sent to the conference will be peer-reviewed by at least two experts in the field. Acceptance or rejection of submitted abstracts will depend on referee decisions.

Important Reminder: In order to be considered for inclusion in the conference program, all presenters must register by the deadline of 30th August 2017.

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