100 Under 50 Rankings 2015 results - Times Higher EducationNew universities’ flexibility, chutzpah and willingness to innovate offer many advantages over older competitors, argues Brian MacCraith.

“Youth is nimble, Age is lame;
Youth is hot and bold, Age is weak and cold;
Youth is wild and Age is tame”
William Shakespeare (attributed)

There are many challenges facing university leaders today. These include the increasing cost of higher education; technology’s manifold effects on learning; globalisation; the pressure to prepare graduates for a rapidly changing, knowledge-based society; and greater student mobility. More...