The modern university was born in Germany. In the 20th century, the U.S.. leapfrogged Germany to become the global leader in higher education. Will China challenge its position in the 21st century? William Kirby will examine the successes of leading universities in the three countries and their threats and challenges. This talk is based on his new book “Empires of Ideas,” which looks to the past 200 years for answers, chronicling two revolutions in higher education: the birth of the research university and its integration with the liberal education model. Kirby is the 10th presenter of the So Kwan Lok Distinguished Lecture, a series established by the 21st Century China Center to honor its founding member, board adviser and long-time supporter So Kwan Lok (Kwan So).
• William C. Kirby, Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration, T.M. Chang Professor of China Studies, Harvard University
• Caroline Freund, Dean, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy
So Kwan Lok Endowed Lecture series is organized by the 21st Century China Center at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. For more information on China activities, as well as recordings of previous webinars, please visit china.ucsd.edu.