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University Governance and Academic Leadership Capacity Building: Perspectives of European and Chinese University Staff Members

University Governance and Academic Leadership Capacity Building: Perspectives of European and Chinese University Staff Members
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Author(s): Chang Zhu (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium) and Merve Zayim-Kurtay (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 24
Source title: Research Anthology on Preparing School Administrators to Lead Quality Education Programs
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3438-0.ch051

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Abstract

Challenges of modern society require universities to be able to respond to the new challenges and offer innovative teaching and learning for the new generations. The changes and modernization of universities require competences of academic leaders for sound university governance as well as comprehensive leadership skills. The literature and practices show that capacity building for academic leaders is highly needed as academic leaders often operate based on experience or contextual norms while showing a lack of a broad understanding of university governance and the necessary skills for their roles. This chapter investigates the perspectives of both European and Chinese university staff members regarding the areas of capacity building that are needed for middle-level and top-level academic leaders. The results provide us with a deeper understanding regarding the priorities for capacity building in order to enhance academic leadership. The findings also offer an understanding of capacity building of academic leadership in both the European and Chinese higher education contexts.

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