Jamil Salmi

Jamil Salmi

Jamil Salmi is a global tertiary education expert providing policy advice and consulting services to governments, universities, professional associations, multilateral development banks and bilateral cooperation agencies. Until January 2012, he was the World Bank’s tertiary education coordinator. He wrote the first World Bank policy paper on higher education reform in 1994 and was the principal author of the Bank’s 2002 Tertiary Education Strategy entitled, Constructing Knowledge Societies: New Challenges for Tertiary Education."  During the past twenty-three years, Dr. Salmi has provided advice on tertiary education development, financing reforms and strategic planning to governments and university leaders in about 95 countries all over the world. Dr. Salmi’s 2009 book addresses The Challenge of Establishing World-Class Universities. His 2011 book, co-edited with Professor Phil Altbach, was entitled The Road to Academic Excellence: The Making of World-Class Research Universities. His latest book, Tertiary Education and the Sustainable Development Goals, was published in August 2017.

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Most Recent Articles

April 9, 2021
Jamil Salmi transports us to the future for a look back at where we are now.
September 17, 2017
The Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations in September 2015 have given renewed consideration to the importance of education for development.
July 12, 2016
While the first national excellence initiatives reflected a long-term national commitment to strengthen the contribution of tertiary education to economic development, the most recent wave seems to be stimulated by the perception of a competitive disadvantage as measured by the global rankings. 
January 11, 2015
Compared to the OECD countries and  emerging economies in South-East Asia, the Ibero-American systems are way behind in terms of program quality and research output.
July 13, 2014
Higher education finds itself at another crossroad today, as national systems seem to be pulled in several directions by a combination of factors bringing about both opportunities and challenges.


Co Authored Articles

March 13, 2012
The latest accoutrement of world-class universities, or those aspiring to world-class status, is an international advisory group. The useful goals of such committees, which meet on an occasional basis to review and evaluate the institution’s plans and performance, include bringing new ideas and analysis from the experience of academe beyond the borders and especially from the pinnacles of higher education globally, and hopefully assist the institution to understand itself and to improve. The committee members have a continuing relationship with the university and, presumably, a commitment to its welfare and improvement. 
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