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It would be very easy to be jaded about the future of higher education if it were not for the fact that those of who serve this industry view it as a calling. We know that we can make a difference in the lives of our students and in society. We try to do the very best for our students while addressing the issues of the day through our research and community outreach. Not a bad calling, in my view, and why with great pride I have spent my adult life in the academy serving four institutions over the past thirty years as a faculty member, administrator and now university president.

U.S. universities took eight of the top 10 places in a ranking of 500 world universities by a China-based research center.

Harvard, Stanford, University of California at Berkeley and MIT took the top four spots, followed by Cambridge in England, on the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities by The Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.