Professor Simon Marginson
Professor of International Higher Education, UCL Institute of Education, University College London, United Kingdom

Simon Marginson is the director of the London-based ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education, a partnership of three UK HEIs and eight offshore HEIs (including China, Hong Kong SAR and Japan), and entailing 13 research projects. The Centre opens in October this year, the same month as the OECD conference in Singapore. Simon is also Professor of International Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London, and the Joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Higher Education. Between 2006-2013 he was Professor of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne in Australia. For the last 15 years his main inquiry has been the theorisation of higher education and globalisation, including the potentials and limits of national policy and cross-border activity. He has done extensive work on aspects of globalisation such as international students, global university rankings, and higher education and science in East Asia. His current research projects include work on higher education, stratification and inequality in the context of high participation systems; and a comparative study of the public good role of HEIs in contrasting political cultures. Simon was the 2014 Clark Kerr Lecturer on Higher Education at the University of California Berkeley.