Directing Research and Scholarship in an Educational Institution

The role of research and scholarship (however defined) in an educational institution is to: enable knowledge growth; aid in achieving institutional goals and improve practice. (Tushman & O’Reilly 2007, Anthony & Austin 2008, Ignate, 2008, Prichard 2000, Paul and Rubin 1984)

Given these facts, one task of the person or team responsible for directing research and scholarship is to enable, improve, change, predict and facilitate improved students’ learning. The team or person must enable knowledge growth among faculty and achievement of the institution’s present and future goals; suggest changes to the nature, role, teaching mode and main goals of the institution and predict trends and changes in students’ needs and preferences and the need for ‘new’ courses of study.

The other task of the person or team responsible for directing research and scholarship is to construct a vision for developing these areas in the institution. The vision should have inward and outward perspectives.

Inwardly, this should involve developing and facilitating professional development activities which enable and encourage the ‘scholarship of teaching’. Strategies to encourage this should include: awards/incentives for outstanding teaching based on researching/studying ones’ teaching and developing policy and criteria for this recognition scheme; developing and facilitating in-house training in the scholarship of teaching and organizing special lecture to discuss the idea of the scholarship of teaching.

The inward perspective of the vision should also include developing or facilitating engagement in research and publications. This should involve: building time in teaching schedule for engagement in research; providing funding for attendance and participation in local and overseas conferences and developing policy to regulate attendance and participation; awards/incentives for outstanding research and scholarship attainment; internal forums aimed at showcasing research and presenting research ideas for discussion. Internal review of publications that are to be submit to journals or conferences should be encouraged and where appropriate, facilitate student research by requiring the completion of a thesis or portfolio as a part of courses they are pursuing.

Top 10 Best Universities in the World

The university rankings across the countries and the world are listed by considering many things. Of course, it is the powerful faculty, the intelligence of the students and the scholarly excellence that come first to estimate the rankings. Next the campus, the ambiance, the facilities that the universities offer the students and the involvement of the institutions in creating the new scientists, engineers, teachers and doctors of the future are judged to incorporate the names of the Universities among the toppers.

Though, it is a very complicated and challenging process to select the top 10 best universities in the world because how an American University can be the best among the universities in China and vice-versa! On the contrary, it is pretty tough to organize a tough fight among the Ivy League institutes with that of the century-old educational institutes of the European countries, especially UK -The Great Britain. Even the University of California is counted by many among the top 10, but it is not an Ivy League. Then how can anyone judge that the great state university is anyhow inferior to the Ivy Leagues?

Here is the list of the top 10 best universities in the World after counting and judging the numbers of the faculty members who are Nobel Laureates. Winners of Philosophical Society, Winners of the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, members of the National Academy of Science, MacArthur Fellows and the much prestigious Pulitzer Prize winners of the great universities.

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