The Global Virtual University
Routledge – 2003 – 192 pages
This book is about the shift from the modern university of the nation state to the global virtual university of the future. John Tiffin and Lalita Rajasingham launched the idea of virtual universities on the Internet with the publication of 'In Search of the Virtual Class: Education in an Information Society' in 1995. Since then, virtual universities have multiplied worldwide. However, the authors argue that globalisation and the Internet are still in their infancy, and universities have yet to face the challenges of global free trade in broadband telecommunications, artificial intelligence and HyperReality.
Based on material gathered from research in the USA, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand, this book describes how a global university could function in the future and presents a paradigm from which it might be constructed.
This unique, visionary text will be critical reading for academics, postgraduate students and for anyone involve din policymaking and planning within the university community and administration.
"Lalita Rajasingham and John Tiffin have brilliantly sketched a philosophical foundation for the future of the university in an era of rapid technological change and globalization….This book is essential reading for students and faculty within existing universities, and for policy makers whose major challenge will be to enable the learned society on a global scale." - Donald E. Hanna, University of Wisconsin
John Tiffin is Emeritus Professor of Communication at Victoria University of Wellington. Dr Lalita Rajasingham is Senior Lecturer and Director of programmes in Communication in the School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington.