Jamil Salmi is a global tertiary education expert. He was, until January 2012, the World Bank’s tertiary education coordinator. He is the principal author of the Bank’s Tertiary Education Strategy entitled “Constructing Knowledge Societies: New Challenges for Tertiary Education"(2002). In the past 20 years, Mr. Salmi has provided policy and technical advice on tertiary education reform to the governments of more than 70 countries on all continents. His latest book (2011), co-edited with Professor Phil Altbach, is entitled The Road to Academic Excellence: the Making of World-Class Research Universities. His previous book, published in 2009, addresses the Challenge of Establishing World-Class Universities.