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This video was part of the July 2020 REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit
Discussion here will focus on the implications of the financial crisis facing many highly-ranked and prestigious institutions with a longer-term view of how this might alter the geo-political impact of research universities, and the balance of power between China, the US and rest of the world. If universities ‘are too big to fail’, then what of their strengths do national governments most value?
This panel is managed and moderator by our content partner, Times Higher Education, the publisher behind the world’s biggest dataset that produces the annual THE World University Rankings, with an expertise in independent higher education reporting and analysis spanning 50 years.
Professor Michael Wesley is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Melbourne.
Previously he was Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University; Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy; Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University; and Assistant Director-General for Transnational Issues at the Office of National Assessments, the Australian government’s peak intelligence agency. **
** His research interests include Australian foreign policy, security dynamics in Asia and the Pacific, and the politics of statebuilding interventions. His 2011 book, _There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia_ won the John Button Prize for the best writing on Australian politics and public policy. **
** Professor Wesley holds a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Queensland and a PhD from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.