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Professor Chia-Wei Woo, President Emeritus and University Professor Emeritus of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Strategies for University Development: Resource Acquisition and Management

Resources for Higher Education

  • Human Resources

  • Infrastructure

  • Financial Resources

  • Community Network

  • Academic Alliance

  • International Network

    Types of Higher Education Institutions

  • Comprehensive, all-inclusive Megaversities

  • Comprehensive Research Universities with selected focuses of excellence

  • Elitist institutions with sharply defined goals (e.g. Grandes Ecoles in France)

  • Professional/vocational institutions (e.g. Polytechnics in Britain, Professional Colleges for teaching, art, music, allied health)

  • Undergraduate colleges for well-rounded education (e.g. Liberal Arts Colleges in the United States)

  • Institutions for lifelong learning (e.g. TV Universities in China, Community Colleges in America, Open Universities in Britain)

    Acquisition and Management of Human Resources

    Academic vision, objectives, and environment

    Appointment, retention, promotion system

    Compensation and opportunities

    Academic research versus technology transfer

    Education for the young and health care for the elderly

    Housing, cultural, and environmental conditions

    Acquisition and Management of Infrastructure

    Campus and land

    Facilities and equipment

    Incubation space and research park

    Cultural environment on and off campus

    College town: clustering

    Acquisition and Management of Financial Resources

    Public funds


    Private donation as a culture

    Zero-based budgeting and targeted allocation

    Income from R&D, technology transfer, and extended education

    Corporate structure, management system, and investment policy

    Community Network

    Board of Regents/Trustees/Council - responsibility and authority

    Friends of the University


    Town-and-gown relationship

    Direct contributions to the community

    Economic contributions to industry and business

    Academic Alliance

    Alliance instead of merger

    Lateral collaboration: complementary academic strengths

    Vertical collaboration: complementary academic missions

    Collaboration on peripheral activities (e.g. incubation, new disciplines)

    Geographical outreach

    Cultural compatibility

    International Network

    Knowledge-based economy and Knowledge Society

    Globalization of education and academic partnership

    Lifelong learning

    Essence of e-education

    (china.org.cn, July 30, 2002)

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