As Universities Globalize, Consortia Take On a New Meaning

As Universities Globalize, Consortia Take On a New Meaning 1

Eric Fecken

Maurits van Rooijen, president of the Compostela Group: "We compete, but we also work together in an almost medieval spirit of brotherhood."

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Eric Fecken

Maurits van Rooijen, president of the Compostela Group: "We compete, but we also work together in an almost medieval spirit of brotherhood."

In the late 1990s, some members of the Association of Commonwealth Universities felt they needed a better way to connect with like-minded peers at other global institutions. "A number of vice chancellors were going to meetings and coming away saying that there were 400 institutions there, how do I find the ones that are like mine?" says Jane Usherwood, secretary general of Universitas 21, a network of 23 universities, all of which offer undergraduate through doctoral education. The