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I believe many of you must have seen the latest world university rankings laew na ka (if not, let me know na ka, I'll forware a copy to you ka...if I sent it with this mail, it could be deleted or appear in your spam mail section gor dai na ka.) Anyhow, let me share it with you and add several points we drew from August issue of Newsweek na ka.
As usual ka, we see American universities hit the top 20 (11 out of 20), with Harvard being the first, followed by Cambridge, Oxford, and MIT tied with Yale. Chula was on the list as the 161st, down from 121st the previous year.
The criteria are peer review score (40%), recruiter review (10%), international faculty score (5%), international students score (5%), faculty/student socre (20%), citations/faculty socre (20%).
The article pointed out that attempts were made to level the playing field of advantages of publications in the English language and the base in science and medicine.....these two issues are here to stay for quite a while na ka, I think, making it a real struggle for us using Thai basically, and for our social and human sciences.
I read Newsweek the August issue a while ago and there're several issues worth paying attention to too ka.
Richard Levin (Yale University President) in the article “World of Knowledge” in Newsweek, August 21/August 28 2006, talked about the ranking of the global universities released by Newsweek which took into account openness, diversity, as well as distinction in research. The similar results were seen with American universities occupied most of the places.
We can't then deny the fact that American education has become a model jing jing na ka. Its substantial investment and leadership in defense technology through university-based science and promotion of link between university-based science and industrial application are outstanding na ka. This results in strong university-based research and American success in producing quality graduates. There's also an article in the current issue of The Economist, discussing the brainpower.....I started reading it last night but fell asleep before finishing it:)) (Guess 15 pages could be too long for a tiring night.)
At present, universities abroad are copying American practices, not only its focus on research but also the promotion of creative thinking.....something we still are so very weak.....in terms of teaching and training when I have a strong belief that Thai people are extremely creative loei na ka...look at all the commercials which are so cute, and clearly communicate ideas with fun; our entertainments, and our notion of 'sanuk' in almost every aspect of life chiew na ka.
Levin emphasized at the end of his article that international students are greatly beneficial to America since they either remains in the U.S. and strengthen the nation or become ambassadors bringing American values and understanding to their home countries. “In America as elsewhere” he stressed “Few instruments of foreign policy are as effective in promoting peace and stability as welcoming international university students”. (I read from a book a while ago about Yale's development in promoting internationalization through its study abroad program and several other activities.....it was given an internationalization award for its efforts too ka.)
The last sentence quoted here made me think of my own Fulbright ka. The American side sees it as an effective foreign policy tool while the Thai side doesn't think much of it at all....just another bilateral agreement, another type of relationship and scholarships. I sometimes feel so frustrated to see us run after all the trends without looking back to what we've already had, nor do we think twice of how best to build on our agreements of any form.
I'd love to share what I've learned the past three years (three years here at Fulbright laew ka.....isn't it fast?) with our universities to see what we can all do together from our signed (and possibly dead) MOUs, how we could benefit greatly from our exchanges, how we could improve our understanding of diversity, starting from our own cultural diversity....crucial issues to address that will make a huge academic and cultural return to us, administrators, teachers, students and even stakeholders alike.
Will see what we here could do ka!