Nian Cai LIU,

Executive Committee Member

Professor Nian Cai LIU took his undergraduate study in chemistry at Lanzhou University of China. He obtained his doctoral degree in polymer science and engineering from Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada. He moved to the field of educational research in 1999, before which he was a professor in polymer science and engineering.

Prof. LIU is currently the Director of the Center for World-Class Universities and the Dean of Graduate School of Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His current research interests include world-class universities and research universities, university evaluation and academic ranking, research evaluation and science policy, globalization and internationalization.

Prof. LIU has published extensively in both Chinese and English. His latest books include “How World-Class Universities Affect Global Higher Education: Influences and Responses” and “Paths to a World-Class University: Lessons from Practices and Experiences”. The Academic Ranking of World Universities, an online publication of his group (, has attracted attentions from all over the world.

Prof. LIU has been enthusiastic in professional services. He is on the editorial/advisory boards of several international journals including Scientometrics, Research Evaluation.

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