The importance of tertiary education for economic growth and competitiveness is increasingly recognized as critical not just for middle-income and advanced countries, but also for low-income ones. Access to a solid, world-class curriculum helps develop a skilled, productive, and flexible labor force that can positively influence productive activities by creating, applying, and spreading new ideas and technologies. Research universities are emerging as the central institutions of the 21st century knowledge economies.
The Road to Academic Excellence: The Making ofWorld-Class Research Universities extends the analysis of the framework presented in The Challenge of EstablishingWorld-Class Universities (Salmi 2009), examining the recent experience of 11 universities in 9 countries that have grappled with the challenges of building successful research institutions in difficult circumstances and presenting the lessons learned from these experiences. This report will be of interest to policy makers and tertiary education leaders considering reforms and innovations to improve their country's position in the global scene.
Who is the modern philosopher-researcher? What criteria of research work are relevant in philosophy? How the research and teaching processes can be combined? These and some other questions concerning training of the philosopher-researcher at the research university outline the subject-matter of the article.
Russian universities are entering the global labor market of high-class professionals, who are able to present their research results to the international community. Russian universities are developing new policies of faculty recruiting, retaining, and rewarding. The main components of capacity building in universities are creation of conditions and incentives for efficient action, and career development of faculty.