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Higher education is perpetually in crisis, buffeted by increasing costs and a perceived lack of return on investment, campus culture that is criticized for stifling debate on controversial topics, and a growing sense that the liberal arts are outmoded and irrelevant. Some observers even put higher education on the brink of death. The New Global Universities: Reinventing Education in the 21st Century offers a counterargument, telling the story of educational leaders who have chosen not to give up on higher education but to reimagine it. The book chronicles the development and launch of eight innovative colleges and universities in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North America, describing the combination of intellectual courage, entrepreneurial audacity, and adaptive leadership needed to invent educational institutions today.

In the afternoon of April 21, co-author of the book Noah Pickus will meet with readers in Beijing, and Xin Dai, Associate Professor at Peking University Law School, will provide on-site commentary, jointly discussing the future of higher education.


  • Noah Pickus (Associate Provost at Duke University)

    Noah Pickus

    Associate Provost at Duke University

    Noah Pickus is associate provost at Duke University and Dean for Academic Strategy and Learning Innovation at Duke Kunshan University. He was formerly chief academic officer at Minerva Project and director of Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics.

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  • Xin Dai (Deputy Dean and Tenured Associate Professor at Peking University Law School)

    Xin Dai

    Deputy Dean and Tenured Associate Professor at Peking University Law School

    Xin Dai is the Deputy Dean of the Law School at Peking University, a tenured Associate Professor, and a doctoral supervisor. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from Peking University, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Duke University School of Law and a Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.) from the University of Chicago Law School. Beyond his own academic research and teaching, Xin Dai has extensive experience in managing cooperative exchange projects in the field of legal education, both domestically and internationally. He maintains a sustained interest and engages in personal reflection on the significance and prospects of promoting and facilitating cooperation and exchange in higher education between China and foreign countries amid the backdrop of contemporary societal changes.

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36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong'anli Station, Exit C)
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue
Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

Beijing, China

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