Trisha Craig is formerly the Executive Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. She is a Political Sociologist and has written extensively on democratic transitions, institutional reform and political systems. Before coming to CES, Trisha was an Associate at the Harvard Institute for International Development where she worked as a policy advisor on education and health reform in El Salvador, university governance in Latin America, technology in education and public-private partnerships for social development. Her work has taken her to numerous countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. In China, she designed and headed a project on rural infrastructure, based in the Foreign Capital Management division at the Ministry of Finance. She is co-author of The Quality of Life in Rural Asia (Oxford, 2001) for which she did extensive field work in India, China and Thailand. At Harvard, Trisha has taught in the program in Technology in Education and has conducted institutional research on Harvard's distance education initiative. Trisha is co-chair of the CES Study Group, Crisis and Reform in European Higher Education. She is currently writing a book about the growth of higher education globally. Trisha blogs about Europe at Eurovision.
The global institutional environment in higher education is changing, but despite much talk about the crises in American and European education and the clear and inexorable rise of other parts of the world, there are important lessons and models that the US and Europe provide as the world searches for models of excellence that will bring knowledge and prosperity to people and economies. Idea of accountability, autonomy y openness to competition will be the basis of future discussions about excellence and institutions. Beyond the walls of educational institutions, emerging economic regions will need to manage the political, organizational and social challenges that free inquiry and autonomous academic administration bring. At the same time, many institutions in the west will need to rethink their structures to ensure they remain globally competitive.